ASEAN Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS) was founded by the 10 member states of ASEAN at the latter phase of Post Cold War era in the 20th century. Since it was established in 1988, ASEAN-ISIS has actively conducted many researches and dialogues on regional security and peace-keeping. ASEAN-ISIS not only offers advice for ASEAN in the form of memorandums, but also creates the channels of dialogues with Track I and Track II mechanism of numerous states in the Asian-Pacific region. Its contribution on ASEAN’s developing progress is very influential. On the basis of the reviews on the founding background of ASEAN-ISIS, the chronicles of all the member institutes under ASEAN-ISIS, and the mechanism conducted by ASEAN-ISIS, this thesis proceeds to analyze the roles and functions of ASEAN-ISIS and explores the feasible challenges confronted by ASEAN-ISIS in the future. ASEAN-ISIS plays a decisive role and possesses crucial functions. It not only helps materialize several mechanisms of dialogues such as Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), but also conducts other important mechanisms of dialogues such as Asia-Pacific Roundtable (APR), ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and ASEAN People’s Assembly (APA). In addition, on the initiative work of ASEAN Charter, ASEAN-ISIS plays a significant part as well. ASEAN-ISIS has been established for nearly 30 years which started off from the late ‘80s to 21st century. In the face of the unpredictable international status, there will definitely be numerous challenges in various perspectives such as the origins of funding, the integration of organizing and researching potential and the generation gap of human resources.
Taiwan has begun the dialogues with ASEAN-ISIS from 1996. The issues discussed between the two parties cover the fields of regional politics, economics and security. Taiwan possesses the characteristics of locating in the strategic spot, understanding Mainland China and maintaining a very special relation with Mainland China. The facts above cause Taiwan to be a necessary member in ASEAN’s Track II mechanisms. Taiwan shall aggressively expand the participation in ASEAN’s Track II activities. ASEAN shall as well approve and response to Taiwan’s devotion and contribution on the regional security, economics and social culture. In addition, on the foundation of mutual confidence, Taiwan and ASEAN could generate a win-win result.