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Issues & Insights Vol. 21, WP 8 — The ASEAN Regional Forum: Challenges and Prospects

  • Mohamed Jawhar Hassan

    Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia


The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is a special organization with a unique group of participants and an uncommon mission that it is still, after 28 years, striving to accomplish amid a changing geopolitical environment. To reach its full potential, it must expand its horizons and address both sides of the security coin, namely conflict management and inclusive security cooperation, rather than continuing to confine itself to its traditional confidence building/conflict resolution mandate.