Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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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.

Objectives. The main objectives are to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development, to promote active collaboration and mutual assistance in matters of common interest, to ensure the political and economic stability of the South East Asian region, and to maintain close co-operation with existing international and regional organizations with similar aims.

Activities.Principal projects concern economic co-operation and...

Further Reading

  1. Beeson, Mark, Regionalism & Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development. 2nd ed. 2014.—Contemporary Southeast Asia. 2nd ed. 2008.—Institutions of the Asia-Pacific: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond. 2008Google Scholar
  2. Hayton, Bill, The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia. 2014CrossRefGoogle 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. 2011Google 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. 2011Google Scholar
  8. Pennisi di Floristella, Angela, The ASEAN Regional Security Partnership. 2015Google Scholar

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