UNDERSTANDING THE FORMATION OF AN ASEAN SECURITY COMMUNITY
RIVERA, John Paolo R., Ph.D.
AIM Leader, January 2016
The launching of the ASEAN Community by the end of 2015 would be a major milestone in the history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since its inception in 1967. This is expected to generate opportunities with its expanded market valued at USD 2.6. trillion comprising of 622 million people (ASEAN Secretariat, 2015a). Other than the economic issues that it has to deal with given the varying state of economic health of ASEAN Member States (AMS), the region is also addressing several political and security issues, which includes but are not limited to "arms race, corruption, the development gap and the impact of it, ethnic clashes and intolerance, human trafficking, human rights abuses, an illicit drug trade, migration, money laundering, social injustice, terrorism, territorial maritime disputes, and other forms of transnational crimes" as enumerated by Brata (2013).
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