The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an organization that is made up of a group of member states. The goal of the organization, which is also known as ASEAN, is to promote stability and economic growth across these nations.
The organization was originally founded in 1967. At the time of its founding, there were five founding nations. The alliance was founded during the Cold War in order to make the region more stable.
ASEAN has since grown to 10 member states. The organization focuses on boosting economic and trade growth, with all member states having a free trade agreement. Travel within the region is also easier for member states.
All member states have signed a treaty against the development of nuclear weapons. Most have also signed on to a counter-terrorism pact. Technical and research cooperation is also promoted across the member states. Initiatives include overseeing the protection of the environment and wildlife through the Center for Biodiversity.
There are 10 member states of ASEAN. Those nations include:
Across all nations of ASEAN, there is a population of over 622 million people. The region has one of the largest economies in the world, and it is believed that by 2050, it will have the 4th-largest economy in the world. It also has one of the largest labor forces in the world, falling only behind India and China. The total region stretches across over 1.7 million square miles.