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ASEAN and the Institutionalization of East Asia

1st Edition

Edited by Ralf Emmers


234 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the evolving multilateral security arrangements in East Asia, with a focus on the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It explores the function and relevance of ASEAN in East Asia's emerging institutional security landscape. These issues have direct implications for the future of the ASEAN Security Community, the relevance of the ASEAN cooperative model to wider regional arrangements, and finally, for the further institutionalization of great power relations within these multilateral structures. The book highlights ASEAN's successes and shortcomings. It also considers ASEAN-led institutions in the wider region and goes on to analyse alternative approaches to regionalism, including the China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Summit. Overall, it assesses how the various initiatives are likely to develop, concluding that ASEAN, despite its shortcomings, is likely to continue to play a key role.

Table of Contents

List of contributors Acknowledgements List of abbreviations Introduction - Ralf Emmers Part I: ASEAN’s role in institutional developments in Southeast Asia 1. State weakness and political values: ramifications for the ASEAN Community - Christopher B. Roberts 2. Non-traditional security challenges, regional governance, and the ASEAN Political Security Community (APSC) - Mely Caballero-Anthony 3. Functional cooperation and ASEAN institutionalization: responding to HIV/AIDS - Alan Collins Part II: ASEAN’s role in multilateralism and security cooperation in East Asia 4. Driving East Asian regionalism: the reconstruction of ASEAN’s identity - Herman Joseph S. Kraft 5. The fallacy of socialization? Rethinking the ASEAN Way of institution-building - Takeshi Yuzawa 6. The ASEAN Regional Forum and preventive diplomacy: a review essay - Ralf Emmers and See Seng Tan Part III: ASEAN’s role in the institutionalization of great power relations 7. Institutions and the great power bargain in East Asia: ASEAN’s limited "brokerage" role - Evelyn Goh 8. ASEAN centrality imperiled? ASEAN institutionalism and the challenges of major power institutionalization - Alice D. Ba 9. The institutionalization of ASEAN–China relations: managing the South China Sea dispute - Ian J. Storey Part IV: ASEAN and alternative approaches to regionalism 10. Great powers and multilateralism: the politics of security architectures in Southeast Asia - William T. Tow 11. Explaining ASEAN’s resilience: institutions, path dependency and Asia’s emerging architecture - David Capie 12. The Northeast Asian Trilateral Summit as an alternative security architecture - Chong Wook Chung Conclusion: trends and driving forces in East Asian regionalism - Ralf Emmers and See Seng Tan Bibliography Index

About the Editor

Ralf Emmers is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Multilateralism and Regionalism Programme in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Publications include Geopolitics and Maritime Territorial Disputes in East Asia and Cooperative Security and the Balance of Power in ASEAN and the ARF (both published by Routledge).

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies