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Know Your ASEAN
(Second Edition)

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

July 2011. 64 pp., 14x21 cm, 200 g
THB 120

ISBN 978-616-215-022-7

For sale in Thailand only

Know Your ASEAN sets down, in clear and simple language, the basic facts about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It does so in the form of 40 questions and their answers. This is the second edition of the booklet that was among the contributions of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies to the observance of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN’s founding on 8 August 1967.

The booklet provides facts on ASEAN’s establishment, membership, financing and decision-making. It recalls the association’s contributions to regional security. It explains what asean is doing to integrate the regional economy and promote regional cooperation on the environment, infectious diseases, counter-terrorism, poverty reduction, and natural disasters. It clarifies such issues as non-interference and human rights. It touches on ASEAN’s relations with other countries and international institutions.

Since the first edition was published in 2007, many developments have taken place in ASEAN and Southeast Asia, including the adoption of the ASEAN Charter. Hence, the need for an updated version of the text.

Through this booklet and their other work, ISEAS and its ASEAN Studies Centre hope to contribute to the expansion of public understanding about ASEAN, recognizing the fact that regional solidarity, integration and co-operation are possible only with sufficient public support.

As in the first edition, the publication’s design and cartoons are by Miel, the award-winning Senior Executive Artist and leading cartoonist of the Straits Times.


  • Newly updated second edition
  • Easy‐to‐read Q & A format and style
  • Lively drawings
  • Elucidates ASEAN’s objectives, organization, and structure
  • Introduces ASEAN and its concerns, including: human rights, peace and security, regional cooperation, poverty, crime, and the environment

About the Publisher

ISEAS Publishing, an established academic press, has issued more than 2,000 books and journals. It is the largest scholarly publisher of research about Southeast Asia from within the region. ISEAS Publishing works with many other academic and trade publishers and distributors to disseminate important research and analyses from and about Southeast Asia to the rest of the world.

The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) was established as an autonomous organization in 1968. It is a regional centre dedicated to the study of socio‐political, security and economic trends and developments in Southeast Asia and its wider geostrategic and economic environment. The Institute’s research programmes are the Regional Economic Studies (RES, including ASEAN and APEC), Regional Strategic and Political Studies (RSPS), and Regional Social and Cultural Studies (RSCS).

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