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The Future of ASEAN

by Joshua Kurlantzick
November 14, 2012

U.S. secretary of state Clinton speaks with ASEAN secretary-general Pitsuwan during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta. U.S. secretary of state Clinton speaks with ASEAN secretary-general Pitsuwan during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta (Jim Watson/Courtesy Reuters).

Next week,  leaders from Asia and around the world will gather in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the twenty-first annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings. On the eve of this event, I have published a new CFR Working Paper, in partnership with the International Institutions and Global Governance program, on ASEAN’s future and its role in the region. While ASEAN has accomplished several notable acheivements in the economic and nonproliferation realms, I argue that ASEAN today lags woefully behind its full potential. In the paper, I analyze the major obstacles currently facing ASEAN, and I  prescribe recommmendations for the both the United States and ASEAN that will enable ASEAN to firmly establish itself as the essential regional organization in Asia.

You can read “ASEAN’s Future and Asian Integration” here.

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