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At 50, ASEAN Is Trying to Avoid a Midlife Crisis

Aug 8, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is marking the 50th anniversary of its founding.

Beginning with five members in 1967 under the Bangkok Declaration, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was created by small countries seeking protection in a region rocked by the great power competition of the Cold War.

(HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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