The ASEAN Regional Forum
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute
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About the Author
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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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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. ...
1. The Beginnings
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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, ...
2. Why Join the ARF?
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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 ...
3. Does the ARF Build Confidence?
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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 ...
4.Diplomacy to Prevent What?
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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. ...
5. Cooperating on the Ground
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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. ...
6. Does the ARF Need Central Institutions?
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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, ...
7. Assessing the ARF
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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 ...
Appendix B: Chairman's Statement: The Second Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum
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Appendix D: Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone
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Appendix E: Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea
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Page Count: 186
Publication Year: 2009