Frank Frost


The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, Sydney, March 2018: issues and implications

The heads of government of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will convene in Sydney on 17–18 March 2018 at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This paper provides concise background to and context...

Engaging the neighbours: Australia and ASEAN since 1974

From modest beginnings in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become the premier regional institution in Southeast Asia. The 10 members are pursuing cooperation to develop the ‘ASEAN Community’ and also sponsor wider dialogues that involve the major powers. Australia has been...

ASEAN and regional cooperation: recent developments and Australia’s interests

This paper seeks to provide a concise survey of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s recent progress and major policy emphases and challenges. Introduction The Association of Southeast Asian nations (ASEAN) is the premier regional grouping in East Asia. It is widely credited for...

Australia's proposal for an 'Asia Pacific Community': issues and prospects

• In June 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced that Australia would seek to encourage development of an ‘Asia Pacific Community’ by 2020. He argued that no existing cooperation forum so far brings together the whole Asia Pacific region and it was therefore desirable to...
Briefing paper

Burma/Myanmar: internal issues and regional and international responses

Burma’s military government dominates the country’s politics and its economy. It has continued to repress political opponents (including Aung San Suu Kyi) and its record in economic development and human rights is considered widely to be poor. While a number of Western governments have condemned...