The ASEAN Secretariat has released the maiden issue of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) Outlook. This issue takes a snapshot of ASEAN’s Journey as Political-Security Community in 2018 and provides a glimpse of what can be expected in 2019 as ASEAN evolves as an organization.

As the Secretary-General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi points in his Foreword, “the rapidly evolving regional geo-political and economic environment is making ASEAN’s community building efforts a challenging endevour” but ASEAN is committed to “implement the ASEAN Community Vision 2025”, maintain “ASEAN Centrality and unity in community building efforts and engagement with external partners”.

“This issue of the APSC Outlook, by reviewing in broad strokes what have transpired in the previous years and providing a glance as to what is in store for the current year, would enable ASEAN and its Member States to reflect on what have been achieved and would contribute in thinking through what could be undertaken further,” the Secretary-General notes.

This first issue of APSC Outlook briefly reviews the implementation of the ASEAN-Political Security Community Blueprint 2025, examines how frameworks have been developed and tangible action have been undertaken in 2018, discusses how ASEAN moves with its partners, and provides an overview of how the year 2019 may unfold.

The APSC Outlook is produced by the APSC Analysis and Monitoring Division of the ASEAN Secretariat. For further information, contact: APSCAMD@asean.org.

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