Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

  • Nick Heath-Brown
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


History and Membership. ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization formed by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand through the Bangkok Declaration which was signed by their foreign ministers on 8 Aug. 1967. Brunei joined in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Laos and Myanmar in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. Papua New Guinea also has observer status. The ASEAN Charter, signed in Nov. 2007, established the group as a legal entity and created permanent representation for members at its secretariat in Jakarta.


Foreign Minister South East Asian Region Mekong Basin East Asian Study ASEAN Regional Forum 
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Further Reading

  1. Beeson, Mark, Regionalism & Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development. 2006.—Contemporary Southeast Asia. 2nd ed. 2008.—Institutions of the Asia-Pacific: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond. 2008 Broinowski, A., Understanding ASEAN. 1982.—(ed.) ASEAN into the 1990s. 1990Google Scholar
  2. Hayton, Bill, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia. 2014Google Scholar
  3. Huang, Jing and Billo, Andrew, (eds.) Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea. 2014Google Scholar
  4. Jarvis, Darryl S. L. and Welch, Anthony, (eds.) ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China. 2011CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Jones, Lee, ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia. 2011Google Scholar
  6. Kaplan, Robert D., Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific. 2014Google Scholar
  7. Lee, Yoong Yoong, ASEAN Matters! Reflecting on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. 2011CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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