The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established based on Bangkok Declaration on 8 August 1967, initiated by Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The regional institution has expanded to ten countries in mainland and maritime Southeast Asia with the admission of Brunei in 1984, Vietnam in 1995, Myanmar and Laos in 1997 and Cambodia in 1999. After more than a half century of its foundation, ASEAN has expanded widening and deepening amidst a great variety of challenges be it political, security, economic, social and cultural, as well as climate changes and the pandemic of Covid-19. Currently, the institution has become the most developed region institution in the world after the European Union (EU) and determined to drive its future’s plan through the ASEAN Community’s Post-2025 Vision.
This book aims to provide with an international history and economy general vision about ASEAN, and the important countries that integrate it. At the same time, it discusses the relevance of ASEAN in the new global order, including the role of this regional institution in the new conformation of East Asia and Asia Pacific, its role in the framework of the new performance of China and it’s One Belt One Road (BRI) initiative, in the line of Indo Pacific, and in the new reality of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).