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ASEAN-ISIS
ASEAN-ISIS (ASEAN Institute of Strategic and International Studies) is an association of non-governmental organizations registered with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Formed in 1988, its founding membership comprises the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of Indonesia, the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) of Malaysia, the Institute of Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS) of the Philippines, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), and the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) of Thailand.
Its purpose is to encourage cooperation and coordination of activities among policy-oriented. ASEAN scholars and analysts, and to promote policy-oriented studies of, and exchanges of information and viewpoints on, various strategic and international issues affecting Southeast Asia's and ASEAN's peace, security and well-being.
ASEAN-ISIS also succeeded in obtaining recognition from the ASEAN member states as a valuable mechanism for policy making by institutionalizing the meeting between the Heads of ASEAN-ISIS and the ASEAN Senior Officials since ASEAN Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Singapore in 1993.
In addition to its recognition, ASEAN-ISIS has also contributed significantly to the emergence of an important regional and international political process-that of '"track two" diplomacy.