A Long Row to Hoe: A Critical Assessment of ASEAN Cooperation on Counter- Terrorism

Southeast Asia has had a long history of fighting terrorism, but the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 against the United States and the region’s deepening integration with the global economy have elevated regional cooperation on counter terrorism to a higher level. In the pre-11 September 2001 period, most Southeast Asian countries dealt with the challenges of terrorism facing their [...]

Multi-Topic Dialogues and Broader Cooperation within the ASEAN Framework

In recent years, interaction and communication among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is becoming more frequent and close. The development and improvement of ASEAN mechanisms for regional cooperation has led to a growing tendency for more diversified topics to be on the agenda at ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meetings, Summits, and the various specialized symposia and [...]

Economic Partnerships with ASEAN Members are Necessary

Economic partnerships between Japan and the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are of strategic importance to Japan’s Asia policy. However, the Liberal Democratic Party and the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry are reportedly opposed to the scrapping of agricultural tariffs that such partnerships would entail. It will be most unfortunate if negotiations [...]