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Weak and inadequate, ASEAN yet remains indispensable

Myanmar crisis highlights the limits of the 10-member bloc's ambitions

ASEAN leaders' meeting in Jakarta on Apr. 24: the organaization is more likely to be a useful partner on the humanitarian rather than the political front.   © Indonesian Presidential Palace/AP

Ben Bland is the director of the Southeast Asia program at the Lowy Institute and the author of "Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia."

America's Central Intelligence Agency tends to be remembered more for its failures than its successes, especially in Southeast Asia, where it left a trail of destruction.

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