ASEAN Political-Security Community is one of the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, which was adopted at the ASEAN Bali Concord II in 2003. In its Charter, ASEAN clearly states that Preventive Diplomacy (PD) is an important instrument in conflict prevention and as a part of the ARF Process it is the important second step towards a conflict resolution mechanism.
Although ASEAN has a quite clear vision to construct its own communities by 2015, contrasting strategic perspectives prevail, and there is still a big gap between vision and reality. The concept and principles of PD were developed and agreed in 2001 at the 8th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) established a working group to discuss PD in 2007 but it was a one-off meeting. Additionally, ARF created an expert group discussing PD, but it still needs to be developed further.
This conference & workshop aims at exploring the gap between ASEAN vision and reality by determining concrete steps towards the legitimate implementation of the roadmaps and action plans adopted by ASEAN leaders. At the same time, this workshop also examines the role of AIPA in the ASEAN Political-Security Community.
The workshop is expected to generate frank and open discussions among the representatives from the Network of ASEAN Institutes of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) and Members of the Parliament and decision makers from ministries of the Kingdom of Cambodia. These will attend parts of the conference & workshops in order to produce policy recommendations for the regional key stakeholders, especially the Cambodian government in preparation for chairmanship of AIPA this year and of ASEAN 2012.