ARF at a Glance
ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is a forum established by ASEAN in 1994 for open dialogue and consultation on regional political and security issues, to discuss and reconcile the differing views between ARF participants in order to reduce risk to security. In this regard, ASEAN undertakes the obligation to be the primary driving force. The ARF recognizes that the concept of comprehensive security includes not only military aspects but also political, economic, social and other issues.
ARF paricipants Comprise all 10 ASEAN member countries, 10 ASEAN Dialogue Partners (USA, Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, New Zealand and European Union), Papua New Gunea, Mongolia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Timor Leste, Bangladesh and Sri lanka.
As a major venue for carrying out ASEAN’s objectives of regional harmony and stability, ARF adopted two main objectives:
First, to foster constructive dialogue and consultation on political and security issues of common interest and concern and,
Second, to contribute to efforts towards confidence building and preventive diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region.
At the Twenty-seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in 1994, the Foreign Ministers agreed: “ARF could become an effective consultative Asia-Pacific Forum for promoting open dialogue on political and security cooperation in the region. In this context, ASEAN should work with its ARF partners to bring about a more predictable and constructive pattern of relations in the Asia Pacific.”
Through ARF, Indonesia could:
- Enhance its international profile through its role and leadership in ASEAN as the primary driving force of ARF.
- Shape the agenda for ARF dialogue and consultation with a view to preserving and advancing its national interest in various important political and security issues.
- Garner support from ARF participants for its territorial integrity and sovereignty
- Encourage regional commitment to enhance cooperation in issues of mutual interest and common concern such as combating terrorism and other trans national crimes.
- Promote a culture of peace, tolerance, and dialogue among Asia Pacific countries.
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