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.
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