On 20 November 2007 the members of ASEAN signed the ASEAN Charter providing the Association with what is essentially a constitution as well as a formal legal presence on the international stage (ASEAN, 2007). When ratified it will be an important step forward. It will allow ASEAN as an organization, rather than just its members, to enter into international agreements with governments and other international organizations around the world. Yet in many ways this milestone simply marks a further maturing of Southeast Asia’s key regional institution. It is the natural extension of the region-building that has been going on since ASEAN’s foundation in Bangkok in 1967, and highlights the fact that the Association has evolved into the most high-profile and successful regional organization outside Europe.
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