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Southeast Asia and the European Union
Non-traditional security crises and cooperation

ISBN 9781138476349
Published January 12, 2018 by Routledge
160 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Amidst the Eurozone crisis, the European Union (EU) is stepping up its dialogue and engagement with and within Southeast Asia. The EU’s contemporary approach towards Asia emphasises the importance of open economies and common challenges of the 21st Century. So-called non-traditional security issues have been portrayed increasingly as an avenue to share experiences and enhance cooperation between the EU and Southeast Asia.

This contemporary conceptual re-orientation demands a closer look at the EU as an actor in Southeast Asia. This book is the first contemporary monograph-length discussion of the EU as a politico-security actor in in the region post-Cold War. Drawing upon the historical and institutional context and a broad range of empirical case studies, it considers the non-traditional security crises of the late 1990s and early 2000s in Southeast Asia as triggers for enhanced regional and inter-regional cooperation. In doing so, the book construes new insights into our understanding of the EU as a global actor and its normative influence in regions far away from Europe.

Providing a crisis-centric and sector-specific analysis which is much-needed, the book will be of interest to scholars of Southeast Asian Politics and European Politics, as well as policy-makers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to the Analytical and Historical Context

Chapter 2: The EU and the Asian Financial Crisis

Chapter 3: The EU and the Haze

Chapter 4: EU Action in light of the Bali Bombings and Avian Influenza

Chapter 5: The Aceh Monitoring Mission

Chapter 6: Non-Traditional Security Crises since the Aceh Monitoring Mission


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Naila Maier-Knapp is a SEATIDE post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK. She takes research interest in the regional and interregional integrative dynamics of the EU and ASEAN, and has published widely on this.