Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?

Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?

For years, the idea of Australia joining ASEAN has been circulated within some circles, with varying degrees of seriousness and oftentimes without due regard for how the idea would actually match up with political realities. Though the idea remains unlikely to take off anytime soon for various reasons, the larger point is that it remains unclear what it would actually achieve for Australia in the first place. To be sure,…