Politics, Hubris and Energy Security
Chapter 3: The Trans-ASEAN Gas Pipeline Network (TAGP)
Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand founded the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 8 August 1967. With the specter of communism lingering during the early 1970s, ASEAN members quickly adopted two treaties to foster greater economic integration, the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia and the Declaration of ASEAN Concord, both signed in 1976 at the Bali Summit. Since then, ASEAN has doubled in size to include Brunei (1984), Vietnam (1995), Laos (1997), Myanmar (Burma) (1997), and Cambodia (1999). Taken together, the ASEAN region is home to about 10 percent of the world’s population and encompasses economies that produce $1.1 trillion in combined gross domestic product annually and annual total trade revenues of about $1.4 trillion. As an organization, ASEAN has two stated objectives: to accelerate economic growth and development in the region, and to promote regional peace and stability through cooperation.
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