ASEAN Post-Cold War Security Strategy for the Asia-Pacific

Carolina Hernandez


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has played a central role in the promotion of regional security and stability amongst its member nations, as well as the greater Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific regions. The organization’s reputation as one of the most effective bodies in promoting stability and peace in the area has evolved from its ability to forge solidarity amongst its members by encouraging collaboration and cooperation on common issues. The Cold War threatened the effectiveness of ASEAN and was thus a catalyst for numerous changes within the organization. As existing structures of regional security were destroyed, ASEAN had to redevelop and expand the existing security strategy to resonate with and be effective in the new regional environment. This article examines ASEAN’s post-Cold War security strategy, in particular its vision for an expanded organization, the emergence of concentric circles facilitating regional cooperation and interaction, and the development of track-two diplomacy within ASEAN. Future prospects for the organization are also discussed.

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