"Collective Security has received much attention among observers of the Association of South East Asian Nations(ASEAN)because of its unprecedented move in July 1994 to form the ASEAN Regional Forum to discuss security issues. The author examines current arms acquisition by ASEAN nations and traces the reasons for the continuing arms race and tensions among the nations that are fraught with historical conflicts arising from delineation of borders, illegal immigration, fishing rights, border violations and economic competition. Differences in religions, culture and ethnicity have also compounded the problems. As there are forces of integration there are equally a number of sources that tend to erode ASEAN resilience. The author argues that unilateral arms acquisitions will prevent ASEAN from developing collective security -- at least in the near future."
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