3rd Edition

Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order

By Amitav Acharya Copyright 2014
    314 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In this third edition of Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia, Amitav Acharya offers a comprehensive and critical account of the evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) norms and the viability of the ASEAN way of conflict management. Building on the framework from the first edition, which inspired the establishment of the ASEAN Political-Security community, this new edition has been extensively updated and revised based on new primary sources that are not publicly available.

    Updates for this edition include:

    • Expanded and updated coverage of the South China Sea Conflict and how it affects regional order and tests ASEAN unity
    • Analysis of new developments in the US role in the region, including ASEAN's place and role in the US pivot/rebalancing strategy and the evolution of the East Asian Community, the newest summit-level multilateral group
    • Extensive analysis of the ASEAN Political-Security community
    • An examination of US–China relations and China–ASEAN relations
    • Coverage of ASEAN's institutional development and the controversy over reform of the ASEAN Secretariat.
    • An updated outlook on ASEAN's future as a security community and the issue of ASEAN Centrality in the regional security architecture.

    The new edition will continue to appeal to students and scholars of Asian security, international relations theory and Southeast Asian studies, as well as policymakers and the media.

    Introduction  2. The Evolution of ASEAN Norms and the Emergence of the 'ASEAN Way'  3. ASEAN and Cambodia Conflict  4. Extending ASEAN Norms  5. Managing Iintra-ASEAN Relations  6. ASEAN and Asia-Pacific Security  7. The ‘ASEAN Community’  Conclusion


    Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations and the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. He has been elected to be the 54th President (2014-15) of the International Studies Association (ISA).

    "Anyone seeking to find the link between the power of intellectual discourse and policy relevance should read this book. The ASEAN Security Community (ASC), first as a discourse and subsequently as a policy adopted by ASEAN, has to a considerable degree been inspired by the arguments advanced in this book." – Rizal Sukma, Deputy Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, and an author of the Indonesian proposal for an ASEAN Security Community)

    "Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia is the best constructivist analysis of regionalism written to date. It offers an enlightening application of constructivism to a fascinating case study, which is very helpful for graduate studies and young scholars like me, who are interested in the operationalisation of constructivist approaches to analyse state action and the unfolding of regionalism." – Germán C. Prieto, Universidad Javeriana, Columbia

    "This groundbreaking study illuminates brilliantly ASEAN's novel approach to issues of national and international security. Theoretically sophisticated and contextually grounded, Amitav Acharya is the rare scholar who succeeds fully in engaging intellectually both security and area specialists." – Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA

    "…innovative and stimulating…the theoretical and empirical sophistication that Acharya displays makes this book sure to be a key work on the security and political aspects of ASEAN for academics and policymakers...a vivid and cutting-edge work" – American Political Science Review

    "…a wise book… the author expresses judgments that challenge analysts in Southeast Asia itself to consider seriously what can be done to chart a new course for the region." – Journal of Asian Studies

    "Acharya’s book stands as a major contribution to the ongoing Asian security debate and contributes substantially to the quality of that debate’s policy analysis." – Survival

    "an invaluable resource for every student of the region." – Pacific Affairs

    "…a fascinating and important book…Regional specialists will find a great deal to mull over in this nuanced and compelling analysis." – Pacific Review

    "Constructing a security community in Southeast Asia is a groundbreaking work and an important landmark for the study of regional and international security." - Alessandro Uras, Journal of International and Global Studies Volume 7, Number 1, 106-108. 

    "Regarding ASEAN and Southeast Asian regional studies Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order is a must read for scholars and students. It is well researched and is accessible to readers of wide variety." - East Asia Integration Studies