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ASEAN's unstable solidarity sits uneasily on its people

In the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is under renewed pressure to keep justifying its existence.

Next year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a group brought together under the trying conditions of the Cold War. In its initial incarnation, ASEAN united Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines in a joint quest to resist communist expansion.

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