ASEAN Annual Report, 2007: Becoming One ASEAN

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An update on how Southeast Asia is addressing its longstanding divisions in order to form an effective diplomatic power bloc. In the past, ASEAN has been largely a commercial and economic arrangement.

But as China and India rise, ASEAN will take on an increasingly important political role, and if the nations can effectively resist the “divide and conquer” approach that Chinese and Indian diplomats will inevitably employ, the region could become a critical national security bloc as well.

The report is here.

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