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PacNet #33 – ASEAN at 40: Coming of Age or Mid-Life Crisis?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) turned 40 this summer. Is it facing a mid-life crisis? Or, is it on the verge of maturing into a more cohesive, more relevant organization capable of promoting peace and stability not only within Southeast Asia but beyond, given its self-proclaimed “driver’s seat” role in East Asia community building?