Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ARF)
The United States has been an active participant in the counterterrorism-related activities of the 25-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, especially in the area of continued efforts to increase maritime security cooperation. In early 2005, the United States and Singapore co-chaired an ARF confidence-building measure focused on preventing and countering terrorist attacks and other unlawful acts in the Strait of Malacca. This event built on earlier efforts to strengthen agreement on the key elements of maritime security among participants. Subsequent events, hosted by India and Japan respectively, have focused on expanding cooperation in capacity building for maritime security. In July of 2005, ARF foreign ministers adopted a "Statement on Information Sharing and Intelligence Exchange and Document Integrity and Security in Enhancing Cooperation to Combat Terrorism and other Transnational Crimes" in which ministers committed to improve cooperation among participants in these areas.