ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Asean at 50

To survive another 50 years, ASEAN must learn from its past

Internal divisions and big power interventions are likely to persist

| China
Personnel prepare flags before a press briefing for the first meeting of the opening session of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2013. (Getty Images)

As it celebrates its golden jubilee, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has come full circle. The daunting challenges it faced half a century ago are as durable as Southeast Asia's regional organization has been resilient.

Notwithstanding occasional intramural border flare-ups and diplomatic bickering, ASEAN's paramount but frequently overlooked achievement has been its ability to avoid war among member states that were once bitter rivals.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more