by: Chia Siow Yue, Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Wing Thye Woo, Sunway University
On 8 August 2017 ASEAN celebrated its 50th anniversary. Fifty years ago, Southeast Asia was a region of conflict and widespread poverty. Fifty years later, the region has achieved peace and security and become a dynamic middle-income grouping. ASEAN is one of the most diverse regional groupings in the world.