The ASEAN Regional Forum

The ASEAN Regional Forum
Date of publication:  2009
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  186
Code:  BM385

About the publication

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.


  • The ASEAN Regional Forum
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814279383]
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. The Beginnings
  • 2. Why Join the ARF?
  • 3. Does the ARF Build Confidence?
  • 4. Diplomacy to Prevent What?
  • 5. Cooperating on the Ground
  • 6. Does the ARF Need Central Institutions?
  • 7. Assessing the ARF
  • Appendix A: The ASEAN Regional Forum: A Concept Paper
  • Appendix B: Chairman's Statement: The Second Meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum
  • Appendix C: Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • Appendix D: Treaty on the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone
  • Appendix E: Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea
  • Appendix F: ARF Ministerial Meetings: 1994-2008
  • Index

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