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PacNet #69 – An Era of the ADMM-Plus? Unique Achievements and Challenges

Having held the second ministerial meeting in Brunei at the end of August, the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) has now entered a second cycle of activities. Launched in October 2010 as the first official framework to bring together defense ministers from 18 countries – 10 ASEAN countries and eight “Plus” countries of Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States – the new body is emerging as a pillar of defense diplomacy and cooperation in the region. The fact that ministerial meetings will now be held biennially rather than once in three years is a good sign.