In early August 2019, ASEAN commemorated its 52nd founding anniversary. While the main event took place in Jakarta, specifically with the inauguration of the new ASEAN Secretariat Building, the embassies of the ASEAN Member States and ASEAN Committees in various third countries celebrated ASEAN’s more than half a century of existence.

ASEAN was founded to promote economic growth, social progress, as well as stability in the Southeast Asian region. Amidst the geopolitical superpower rivalry taking place in the 1960s, ASEAN was conceived to foster unity and cooperation among its members, in full recognition of the diversity of their political, economic and socio-cultural systems.

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Related Publication: ASEAN Political-Security Community Outlook Volume 1, Number 1 here.