1st Edition

ASEAN and the Institutionalization of East Asia

ISBN 9780415725897
Published October 29, 2013 by Routledge
236 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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).


"Emmers’ book is recommended to those interested in regional security dynamics and the fascinating case of East Asian regionalism that involves big powers and yet gives so much power to the smaller ASEAN countries." - Timo Kivimäki, University of Helsinki; Pacific Affairs Volume 86, No. 2 – June 2013