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PacNet #65R – Don’t underestimate the ADMM+

In PacNet #65, “A Farewell to Grandiosity? Practical Cooperation and the ADMM-Plus,” See Seng Tan paints a skeptical picture of the importance of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus (ADMM+) and relegates its activities to “prosaic pragmatism.” However, his assessment fails to acknowledge the forum’s remarkable progress since its inception and overlooks the substantial amount of strategic, policy-level dialogue now taking place among senior defense officials in a multilateral setting due to the existence of the ADMM-Plus.