Should ASEAN form a military like NATO

Since the collapse of the alliance structures of the Cold War, the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) the most important military alliance in the world. The cooperation also includes non-aligned countries such as Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Austria and Ireland as part of the "Partnership for Peace". In Eastern Europe, Russia has largely lost its military influence, and numerous states such as Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Baltic republics have now also joined NATO. The only Islamic member state of NATO is Turkey. France and Spain are militarily independent members, Iceland has no armed forces of its own. NATO is based in Brussels, Belgium, and was founded in Washington.
The serves on the American double continent OAS (Organization of American States) as an alliance for joint military security. The only non-members are Cuba, which has been suspended since 1962, and some overseas possessions such as French Guyana. In addition to the common security against the outside world, the interstate settlement of conflicts in America is the task of the OAS. It is based in Washington, and it was founded in Bogotá.
The CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) is, with the exception of the Baltic republics, identical to the former Soviet Union. It was not intended ostensibly as a military alliance, but rather to serve political, economic, and cultural cooperation. Since the CIS could not meet the expectations placed in it, a number of regional alliances have been concluded in its area of ​​application since 1996, including the GIS (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), the GSR (Russia and Belarus), the GUUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Uzbekistan) and the CACO (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). In 1999 Azerbaijan, Georgia and Uzbekistan left the CIS. It was founded in Minsk, it has no permanent seat.
The Arab League Besides the Islamic states of West Asia - excluding Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Central Asian states - also includes those of North and East Africa including the Comoros. In addition to the broad promotion of cooperation between the countries in the political, economic, cultural and social fields, it serves to settle disputes between the states and to represent common Arab interests to the outside world. A central goal is the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Arab League also includes defense agreements, but like the CIS it is not a military alliance. It is based in Cairo in Egypt.
The Gulf countries Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates form with the Golf Council within the Arab world, a regional, peacekeeping and defense-oriented military alliance based in Riyadh.
The Islamic states of North Africa, with the exception of Morocco, are, like all other states on the continent, members of the AU (African Union), a successor organization to the Organization of African Unity (OAU) founded in 1963 and dissolved in 2002. The AU is not a military alliance, but rather is intended to serve internal African cooperation and the common representation of interests externally. It is based in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
In Southeast Asia have Brunei, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) founded a regional alliance mainly focused on economics, culture and social affairs, which aims to achieve a level of integration similar to that of the EU. Not least because of this alliance, some of the participating countries have developed into so-called tiger states with strong economic dynamism in recent years. Peacekeeping is one of the stated goals; however, like the Arab League and the CIS, the ASEAN states do not form an ostensibly military alliance. It is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Other regional organizations not shown here include the Arctic Council, the APEC (Economic Alliance in the Asia-Pacific Region), the Non-Aligned States, the Commonwealth of Nations, the EU, the Group of Nine (G9 ), NAFTA and MERCOSUR as economic alliances, the Maghreb Union (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania), the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the OSCE. In addition to the alliances shown, there are numerous examples of cooperation between individual states.
S. Heise (after M. Felsch)