ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – Intermediate Committee
Launched in 1994, the ARF seeks to foster constructive dialogue and consultation on political and security issues and to contribute towards confidence-building and preventive diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. The ARF operates on a basis of consultation and consensus in line with the ‘ASEAN Way’. The ARF currently has 27 participants, which include all 10 ASEAN Member States and other States and regional organisations like China, the EU, North and South Korea, Russia and the United States. Recent topics of discussion are maritime disputes in the South China Sea, counter-terrorism efforts, cybersecurity and regional economic integration.