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The ASEAN Regional Forum

Rodolfo C Severino

Publication Year: 2009

The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the only Asia-Pacific-wide forum for consultations and dialogue on political and security issues. Although many articles and books have been published on the ARF, this is one of the few books that treat the forum comprehensively and from the standpoint of the region itself. It traces the ARF's origins, the efforts to move it from confidence building to "preventive diplomacy", and the forces that hold them back, analysing the strategic environment that both constrains the ARF and makes it essential. The book discusses the question of participation, describes the numerous cooperative activities that the participants undertake, and deals with the issue of institutionalization. Finally, it assesses the ARF as a forum and a process on its own terms. The book is written by the former ASEAN Secretary-General and former senior official who was involved in the ARF's early years.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-viii

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About the Author

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pp. ix-x

Rodolfo C. Severino is the head of the ASEAN Studies Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and a frequent speaker at international conferences in Asia and Europe. Having been Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations from 1998 to 2002, ...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Ambassador K. Kesavapany, Director of the forty-year-old Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, where I am a Visiting Senior Research Fellow and now head of the ASEAN Studies Centre, suggested that I write a book on the ASEAN Regional Forum. ...

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1. The Beginnings

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pp. 1-20

On 28 January 1992, almost a quarter of a century after the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the leaders of the then-six members of ASEAN — Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam, President Soeharto of Indonesia, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, ...

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2. Why Join the ARF?

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pp. 21-31

At the official level, the creation of the ASEAN Regional Forum started with the call of the ASEAN Summit for ASEAN to use the Post-ministerial Conferences (PMC) to “intensify its external dialogues in political and security matters”. The ASEAN Dialogue system, of which the PMC is the centrepiece, had originally been intended to link ASEAN ...

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3. Does the ARF Build Confidence?

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pp. 32-51

On the basis of the Concept Paper produced by ASEAN, the second ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum, in August 1995, prescribed “three broad stages” for the evolution of the forum: “the promotion of confidencebuilding, development of preventive diplomacy and elaboration of approaches to conflicts”.1 ...

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4.Diplomacy to Prevent What?

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pp. 52-77

The ASEAN Regional Forum Concept Paper that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations produced had the “development of preventive diplomacy” as the second stage in the ARF’s evolution. The second ARF ministerial meeting, in 1995, adopted this notion. ...

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5. Cooperating on the Ground

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pp. 78-111

Media and public attention to the ASEAN Regional Forum is most intensively, almost exclusively focused on the annual ministerial meeting, partly because of the high-profile personalities in attendance and partly in anticipation of some breakthrough — which often never comes — in the headline issue of the day. ...

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6. Does the ARF Need Central Institutions?

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pp. 112-125

The ASEAN Regional Forum has been, since 1994, a useful forum for foreign ministers and for senior officials, both from the foreign ministries and the defence and other security agencies, to get together periodically for discussions on regional security in the Asia-Pacific. In these gatherings, national positions on security issues, broad or specific, ...

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7. Assessing the ARF

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pp. 126-138

The ASEAN Regional Forum was founded as a venue and mechanism for ministerial-level consultation and dialogue among states in East Asia and others with interests in it on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. The only region-wide security forum for the Asia-Pacific, the ARF was established in the early 1990s ...

Appendices

Appendix A: The ASEAN Regional Forum: A Concept Paper

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pp. 141-145

Appendix B: Chairman's Statement: The Second Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum

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pp. 146-150

Appendix C: Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

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pp. 151-160

Appendix D: Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone

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pp. 161-172

Appendix E: Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea

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pp. 173-177

Appendix F: ARF Ministerial Meetings: 1994-2008

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pp. 178-

Index

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pp. 179-186


E-ISBN-13: 9789814279383
Print-ISBN-13: 9789814279253

Page Count: 186
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: 1