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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 assorted civilizations can't functionality jointly. but the 10 international locations of ASEAN are a thriving counter-example of coexistence. right here, greater than 625 million humans stay jointly in peace.

In 1967, leaders from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand struck a landmark contract, forming ASEAN. that they had discovered that political and fiscal cooperation may carry higher balance and prosperity to the sector. Fifty years and 5 extra nations later, the alliance has remained one of many world’s so much profitable collaborations. Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng clarify how this partnership has benefited the 10 member international locations and why it's going to function a version for different areas of the realm, demanding our assumptions approximately foreign cooperation. because the international turns to Asia and the U.S. and China jostle for dominance, the ASEAN area may have an undeniably robust function in shaping our worldwide platforms. Mahbubani and Sng supply a major primer for figuring out this immensely successful—and woefully underappreciated—regional organization.

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