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The article argues that maritime security in Southeast Asia can be best achieved within the context of a neutral multinational framework. Although their economic interests may differ, states such as Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia all have a vested interest in a secure maritime environment. The littoral states must take a preeminent role in providing security, even though extraregional forces have a role to play as well. Source: Naval War College Review; Winter2008, Vol. 61 Issue 1, p87-105, 19p. Author: Huang, Victor.