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By Kishore Mahbubani, Jeffery Sng

The organization of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) is a miracle. In an period of starting to be cultural pessimism, there's a pervasive trust that diverse civilizations can't functionality jointly. but the 10 nations of ASEAN are a thriving counter-example of coexistence. right here, greater than 625 million humans reside jointly in peace.

In 1967, leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand struck a landmark contract, forming ASEAN. that they had learned that political and financial cooperation might deliver larger balance and prosperity to the sector. Fifty years and 5 extra nations later, the alliance has remained one of many world’s such a lot profitable collaborations. Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng clarify how this partnership has benefited the 10 member nations and why it's going to function a version for different areas of the realm, tough our assumptions approximately overseas cooperation. because the global turns to Asia and the us and China jostle for dominance, the ASEAN zone may have an undeniably robust function in shaping our worldwide platforms. Mahbubani and Sng supply an immense primer for realizing this immensely successful—and woefully underappreciated—regional organization.

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