ASEAN is vital to America’s future. The United States Mission to ASEAN partners with ASEAN and related stakeholders to advance U.S. interests in a peaceful, prosperous, and integrated Southeast Asia that respects the rule of law, upholds the dignity of its people and actively addresses regional and global concerns.
The United States began engaging with ASEAN as a Dialogue Partner in 1977, and has cooperated with ASEAN ever since. The United States became the first Dialogue Partner to name a resident Ambassador and established a dedicated Mission to ASEAN in 2010. Nina Hachigian became the third Ambassador in 2014. In 2015, the United States – ASEAN relationship was elevated to a Strategic Partnership in recognition of the importance of our cooperation.
Over the past five years, the United States has spent over $4 billion dollars on development programs to benefit the people of ASEAN in collaboration with ASEAN and its Member States.
For more details, please read the U.S. – ASEAN brochure (PDF 1686KB).