In February 2000, a regional conference met for three days in Bangkok to develop strategies for dealing with internal displacement in Asia. Representatives of non-governmental and international organizations, academic institutions and journalists participated from 16 Asian countries. But the conference differed in one important respect from similar conferences held in other geographic regions, convened by the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. No representatives from intergovernmental regional organizations in Asia participated: neither the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nor the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) sent delegates.
Their absence was not really a surprise. The conference’s subject, internal displacement, deals with persons forcibly displaced within their own countries, and ASEAN scrupulously avoids taking positions on “internal” conditions within member states. Its member governments, in fact, often take the lead at international conferences in arguing against action on issues within the domestic sphere of states on the grounds that this would constitute an infringement of state sovereignty. ASEAN appears to draw no linkage between its goals of promoting regional stability and economic and social cooperation and the interference with those goals caused by conflict-induced displacement in the region.
Similarly, SAARC, founded to promote economic and social cooperation in the south Asian region, emphasizes noninterference in internal affairs. It considers steps to deal with natural disasters part of its mandate but does not try to prevent or manage the human-made disasters plaguing this same region.
[Kim Jong Un's succession and establishing Ri Sol Ju as the mother of the next North Korean leader] In the past his father and grandfather had multiple wives and there was intense jockeying about who was the heir. He knows the regime focuses on bloodlines, and he has Kim Il Sung’s blood in his veins...[Kim Jong Un] is the third Kim. Is he going to be the one that gives up nuclear weapons and makes North Korea beholden to outside powers? I doubt it.