History Of ASEAN

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FORGING A SOUTHEAST ASIAN COMMUNITY: A Look Back at the History and Early Years of ASEAN The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was born during one of the adverse periods in the region’s history. It was conceived amidst diverse rifts among its founding members. Prior to this period, Southeast Asian countries were emerging from centuries of colonial domination after World War II and the resulting Cold War antagonisms. The advent of colonization hindered contact among different peoples of the region. Such that, when Southeast Asia freed itself from foreign domination, its peoples emerged estranged from one another. Colonization left a legacy of distrust, alienation and pushing the region to a greater animosity and instability (Cristobal,…show more content…
Perhaps they have grown tired of foreign domination and intervention and just wanted to live in harmony and prosperity with its neighboring countries. And on 08 August 1967, the ASEAN was born. Its formation was a bold start of an admirable record of regional cooperation. ASEAN has then successfully pre-empted the eruption of any violent conflict between its then five members, given the numerous bilateral disputes that had plagued the relations among Southeast Asian countries since the 1960s. ASEAN had also been instrumental in settling disputes between Malaysia and Singapore, and between Malaysia and Thailand. And in a way, it has mitigated the bilateral dispute between the Philippines and Malaysia over Sabah. Evidently for the countries of ASEAN, national security is imperative not only to peace and harmony on the home front but also to the friendship, even partnership, with neighbors. Since its inception, ASEAN has never harbored unfriendly intentions towards other countries but has always been striving for the preservation of good neighborliness and cooperation on equal footing with all nations (Njotowijono, U.,…show more content…
They were formulated based on the belief that solidarity achieved through cooperation on equal terms will result in the maintenance of regional stability and in the attainment of peace, progress and prosperity for the region. Other principal objectives of the Association are to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development of the member countries in conjunction with their efforts to promote active collaboration and provision of assistance to each other on all matters of common interests in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields (Bangkok
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