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From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Southeast Asia is a region of the world on the Asian landmass and nearby island nations in the Pacific Ocean. Different organizations define have different descriptions of its scope. Perhaps most definitive is membership of the key regional alliance, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) was created in the Cold War, but was never a viable organization, as was its presumed counterpart, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).