ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM (ARF)
Established in 1994, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is a platform for deliberations based on security dialogue in the Indo-Pacific. By providing a setting, it enables the members to discuss current security issues and develop cooperative measures to augment peace and security in the region. The ARF is designated by consensus-based analysis, open dialogue, and consultation on issues of common concern. This forum has primarily five workstreams: Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Security; Disaster Relief; Maritime Security; and Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.
Regional security challenges have become a prominent problem and should be tackled by formulating an appropriate security policy. The ARF has made remarkable efforts to exhibit transparency in the regional defense and security fronts. It has also strengthened confidence-building measures in the region, yielding preferable outcomes.