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Date: 2015-9-29 16:09:30

Brunei's Foreign Relation

Above all, Brunei seeks a balanced and cautious approach in its foreign policy. As a small, but wealthy nation, Brunei is friendly but deliberate in bilateral and regional relations. Brunei is an ASEAN member and is a close adherent to the "consensus" decision making model within the ASEAN forum. The same can be said for Brunei's approach within other regional and international organizations. Brunei is a moderating voice with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), reflecting His Majesty, the Sultan's views on Islam and its role in the political spectrum. The Sultan has close personal ties with leaders of many Arab Gulf countries. Brunei normally does not take a leadership role in regional or international organizations, preferring to "work within" the organizations.


Brunei joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on January 7, 1984 -- 1 week after resuming full independence -- and gives its ASEAN membership the highest priority in its foreign relations. The chairmanship of ASEAN will rotate to Brunei in 2013. Brunei joined the UN in September 1984. It also is a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Brunei hosted the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in November 2000 and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in July 2002.


The establishment of the ASEAN Political-Security Community, to be achieved by 2015, is seen as providing a comprehensive, professional and practical framework for future security cooperation. It also signals a renewed ASEAN resolve to actively pursue conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building measures. The linchpin of the new arrangements is the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM). The ADMM is supported by Senior Officers Meetings responsible for developing the practical initiatives to give effect to that cooperation. Studies have been undertaken of ASEAN military capacities to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief and of how to maximize cooperation with civil agencies in responding to complex, non-traditional challenges.