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Regional Security in Southeast Asia

Beyond the ASEAN Way

Mely Caballero-Anthony

Publication Year: 2005

The book examines ASEAN’s mechanisms in managing challenges and threats to regional security. Its extensive analyses of the ASEAN story of managing regional security cover the different phases of ASEAN’s development as a regional organization and explore the perceptible changes that have occurred in regional mechanisms of conflict management. The book also examines the roles of relevant actors beyond the states of ASEAN and the key interactions that have evolved over time, which have been instrumental in moving regional mechanisms beyond the ASEAN way. The book argues that the ASEAN way has not been impervious to change. As the association finds its way through periods of crises and continues to confront the many challenges ahead, ASEAN and its mechanisms are already being transformed beyond the narrow confines of the modalities associated with the ASEAN way. The changes in the political and security landscape of the region, as well as the democratic transitions taking place in some member states, have set the stage for a much more dynamic set of regional actors and processes that bring into question the kind of regionalism that is now taking place in the region. This book therefore attempts to capture these evolving dynamics and examines the way regionalism is changing in Southeast Asia.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright Page

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vii-viii

This is a book about ASEAN and its experience on managing regional security. It is also as much a chronicle of how ASEAN’s mechanisms of managing conflicts have evolved over a span of more than three decades. This narrative of ASEAN is also about a journey of someone who has sojourned, lived, and worked...

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Introduction: REGIONAL SECURITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: Beyond the ASEAN Way

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pp. 1-13

Until the late 1990s, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had been described as one of the most successful regional organizations in the world. Founded in 1967 in a region that was once characterized as conflict-ridden and akin to the “Balkans of the East”, ASEAN’s efforts in maintaining peaceful...

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1. REGIONALISM AND REGIONAL SECURITY: Locating ASEAN

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pp. 14-48

This chapter sets out the framework in examining ASEAN’s mechanisms in managing conflicts and relates its experience in the broader study of regionalism and regional security. The first part begins with a brief discussion of regional organizations...

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2. ASEAN’S MECHANISMS OF CONFLICT MANAGEMENT: Revisiting the ASEAN Way

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pp. 49-82

This chapter will discuss the evolution of ASEAN’s mechanisms of conflict management (CM) by providing a historical narrative of ASEAN’s development as a regional organization. In revisiting these mechanisms, it is useful to bear in mind the various...

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3. ASEAN AND THE CAMBODIAN CONFLICT: Testing the Limits of the ASEAN Way

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pp. 83-112

The previous chapter discussed ASEAN’s embryonic mechanisms of conflict management, which the organization had developed over the years since its inception. While it can be said that these mechanisms have proved successful in dealing...

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4. ASEAN REGIONAL FORUM: Extending the ASEAN Way in Managing Regional Order

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pp. 113-156

The previous chapter discussed ASEAN’s first major attempt at resolving an extramural dispute involving countries, which at that time were not yet members of this association. As discussed, ASEAN’s involvement in the conflict was also problematic...

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5. ASEAN’S TRACK TWO DIPLOMACY: Reconstructing Regional Mechanisms of Conflict Management

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pp. 157-193

The previous chapter traced the development of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which has been ASEAN’s more recent initiative in adding more substance to its evolving mechanisms of conflict management. Two points from the foregoing discussion...

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6. THE ASIAN ECONOMIC CRISIS AND OTHER CHALLENGES: Turning Points beyond the Comfort Zone?

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pp. 194-231

In 1997, ASEAN was gearing up to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with a toast. In the run up to its Commemorative Summit in Kuala Lumpur that was scheduled in December 1997, year-long preparations were set in place aimed at highlighting the achievements of ASEAN as a successful regional organization. More significantly, the Summit was also supposed to showcase the fulfillment...

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7. ASEAN AND CIVIL SOCIETY: Enhancing Regional Mechanisms for Managing Security

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pp. 232-254

As noted in the previous chapter, the economic crisis of 1997 became a watershed for ASEAN, particularly in the way it had to respond to regional problems brought on by the crisis. There is however a paradox to the crisis. While the attendant...

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8. CONCLUSION: Beyond the ASEAN Way

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pp. 255-275

This study began with a narrative of how ASEAN has evolved in its management of regional security since its establishment in 1967. In following ASEAN’s journey, we went through the different phases of ASEAN’s development as a regional...

App. I. DECLARATION OF ASEAN CONCORD II (BALI CONCORD II)

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pp. 276-283

App. II. RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE HIGH-LEVEL TASK FORCE ON ASEAN ECONOMIC INTEGRATION

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pp. 284-293

App. III: ASEAN VISION 2020

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pp. 294-298

App. IV. DECLARATION OF ASEAN CONCORD INDONESIA, 24 FEBRUARY 1976

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pp. 299-304

SELECTED REFERENCES AND FURTHER READINGS

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pp. 305-320

INDEX

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pp. 321-327

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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pp. 32-3328

Mely Caballero-Anthony, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Singapore. At IDSS, she teaches a course on Government and Politics in Southeast Asia and is currently project co-ordinator of the IDSS-FORD Project on Non-Traditional Security in Asia. Her research interests...


E-ISBN-13: 9789812307095
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302618

Page Count: 328
Publication Year: 2005

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Southeast Asia -- Politics and government -- 1945-.
  • National security -- Southeast Asia.
  • ASEAN.
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