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ASEAN: The world’s new center of gravity amid the US-China rivalry?

  • Mira Permatasari

Bandung   /   Fri, November 18 2011   /  08:46 am

For the third time in ASEAN’s history, Bali has been chosen as the place for ASEAN members to enhance the cooperation among themselves and their key partners. During the coming week, ASEAN will try to revitalize what has been gained in order to achieve the so-called ASEAN Community by 2015.

As one of the leading regional organizations in the world, ASEAN has been deemed one of the more stable and peaceful regions compared to others. Designed during the height of the Cold War, ASEAN was not rendered more relevant in every change taking place among the international political constellations. ASEAN’s crowning achievement is that in 44 years it has successfully prevented open warfare among its members and resolved various kinds of conflict and clashes in a peaceful manner.

Nevertheless, there have been many hiccups along its journey to preserve regional peace and stability...