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Southeast Asian Perspectives on Security

Derek da Cunha

Publication Year: 2000

The conventional understanding of strategic issues in the modern world has been very much a Western-driven phenomenon. That is to say, Western strategists, thinkers and writers have tended to establish the principles of strategic concepts, and to develop theories around them. While there is utility in much Western strategic thought, it is also apt to note that some of it does not have full relevance or validity when applied to a regional setting that is far removed from the geographical boundaries of the Western world. In that connection, this volume is partly intended to serve as an antidote to much of the Western commentary on Asia-Pacific security issues by providing a range of perspectives on those issues from the Southeast Asian point of view. It offers a range of Southeast Asian perspectives on the multifaceted security issues that confront the Asia-Pacific region in the post-Cold War era. That there is no unitary perspective emanating from the region is symptomatic of the very fluid geopolitical situation that characterizes Asia-Pacific security, and, of equal import, the different schools of thought that analysts in the region have chosen to subscribe to.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

The conventional understanding of strategic issues in the modern world has been very much a Western-driven phenomenon. That is to say, Western strategists, thinkers and writers have tended to establish the principles of strategic concepts, and to develop theories around them. While there is...

List of Contributors

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pp. xi-

List of Abbreviations

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pp. xii-

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1. Reflections on the Shaping of Strategic Cultures in Southeast Asia

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pp. 1-19

Amorphous as the concept may be, “strategic culture” has made its way into academic discussions on Asia-Pacific security — deserving an observation made in 1996 by one reviewer that, “ Culture is the newest fad sweeping the literature on international relations, security studies, and...

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2. Asia-Pacific Security: Strategic Trends and Military Developments

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pp. 20-34

An assessment of the economic prospects of the Asia-Pacific region in 1996 would have come up with a glowing picture of economically vibrant economies attracting enormous amounts of investment capital from around the world. From the standpoint of 1996, the short and medium term...

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3. Evolution of the Security Dialogue Process in the Asia-Pacific Region

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pp. 35-59

There has been a proliferation of security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific since the end of the Cold War. Dialogue has taken a variety of forms: bilateral, multilateral, regional (embracing the entire Asia-Pacific), subregional, official and unofficial. There is also dialogue which deals...

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4. Managing “Strategic Unipolarity”: The ASEAN States’ Responses to the Post-Cold War Regional Environment

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pp. 60-80

A popular concept in the study of American foreign policy is the Theory of Hegemonic Stability (THS). Originally a theory formulated to explain the emergence of the global political economy, the THS is concerned with the formation and operation of the global economy in relation to the...

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5. National versus Regional Resilience? An Indonesian Perspective

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pp. 81-97

The title “National Versus Regional Resilience” might suggest that the two concepts are inherently incompatible with each other. It implies that national resilience does not necessarily lead to regional resilience, and conversely regional resilience might not support the pursuit of national...

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6. Disputes in the South China Sea: Approaches for Conflict Management

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pp. 98-113

The preoccupations in the Asia-Pacific region today are with economics, not security. The factors which most undermined peace in the region for most of the century — colonialism, major power rivalry, (Japanese) imperialism, and the ideological Cold War — have subsided. States are...

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7. Denuclearization in Northeast and Southeast Asia

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pp. 114-133

“Denuclearization” may be defined as political/normative attitudes towards nuclear disarmament, with a complete ban on nuclear weapons as the objective. The ultimate aim of denuclearization is to achieve a nuclear weapons-free world. Denuclearization is, therefore, linked to attitudes...

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8. Perceiving Japan: The View from Southeast Asia

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pp. 134-157

Japan aspires to play a political role commensurate with its status as the world’s second largest economic power. That Southeast Asia is a major arena in which Japan seeks to fullfil this aspiration can be seen from its various commitments: the disbursement of about one-third of its foreign...

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9. Southeast Asian Perceptions of China: The Challenge of Achieving a New Strategic Accommodation

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pp. 158-181

Any assessment of Southeast Asian perceptions of China is fraught with difficulty. In straightforward terms, China may have a perception of Southeast Asia, and its own presence in the region, which is quite at variance with how Southeast Asian countries see themselves in relation to...

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pp. 183-191

Index

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pp. 193-204


E-ISBN-13: 9789812307064
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812300980

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2000

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • National security -- Southeast Asia.
  • Southeast Asia -- Strategic aspects.
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