The launch of ASEAN Community on 31 December 2015 marked an era of greater cooperation among Member States. For the region, it is a milestone that will deepen regional integration, further strengthening and consolidating the three pillars of the Community.

To continue this journey, the ASEAN Leaders have adopted the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” at the 27th ASEAN Summit to chart ASEAN’s direction for the next decade.

After seven years of implementation of the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC) Blueprint 2009- 2015, significant achievements had been made which further deepened and expanded political and security cooperation within and outside ASEAN. The establishment and institutionalisation of new mechanisms in the APSC pillar have provided a more robust ASEAN political-security institutional framework, especially in areas such as defence and transnational crime. While all the measures in the previous Blueprint have been addressed, many of them remain relevant and will continue to be addressed in the new APSC Blueprint 2025.

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