U.S. Accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC) [Updated July 13, 2009] [open pdf - 295KB]
"In February 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the Obama Administration would launch its formal interagency process to pursue accession to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), one of the ten-nation organization's core documents. The Administration reportedly hopes to announce its accession at the ASEAN Regional Forum Foreign Ministerial meeting July 22-23, 2009. This report analyzes the legal and diplomatic issues involved with accession to the TAC."
CRS Report for Congress, R40583