This book offers the most comprehensive analysis yet of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), which remains the foremost dialogue forum for the promotion of cooperative security in the Asia-Pacific.
Contributors focus on the perspectives and roles of the key players in the ARF – ASEAN, the United States, China, Japan, and Australia – and discuss to what extent these participants have shaped the Forum's institutional development and affected its achievements and prospects against the backdrop of the evolving regional security architecture. They also examine in depth how participants have used the Forum to respond to a range of important transnational security issues and challenges, including terrorism and maritime security, as well as disaster relief. This work also explores how, despite the difficulties in reaching a new consensus regarding the collective pursuit of preventive diplomacy, some activist participants have succeeded in bringing about a notable, albeit incipient, 'practical turn' in the ARF’s security cooperation.
This book will appeal to students of South-East Asian Politics, Asian Security Studies and International Relations in general.
'It is full of empirical detail and sophisticated analysis of the complex security environment of the Asia-Pacific region. The book’s main strength is its readability: jargon expressions are explained well and the authors make the effort to ensure that their main points are understood. The ordering of the chapters also allows people without a background on the ARF to understand the context around which the discussions in the more complex chapters revolve … the book is an outstanding addition to the literature on the ARF and security co-operation' - Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies (ASEAS), 3 (2) 2010, 290-291
1. The ASEAN Regional Forum and Cooperative Security: Introduction Jürgen Haacke and Noel M. Morada 2. The ASEAN Regional Forum: Origins and Evolution Noel M. Morada 3. The United States and the ASEAN Regional Forum: A Delicate Balancing Act Brad Glosserman 4. China’s Membership of the ARF and the Emergence of an East Asian Diplomatic and Security Culture Christopher R. Hughes 5. Japan and the ASEAN Regional Forum: From Enthusiasm to Disappointment Takeshi Yuzawa 6. Australia-Japan-U.S. Trilateral Strategic Dialogue and the ARF: Extended Bilateralism or A New Minilateral Option? Kuniko Ashizawa 7. The Accidental Driver: ASEAN in the ARF Rizal Sukma 8. The ASEAN Regional Forum and Transnational Challenges: Little Collective Securitization, Some Practical Cooperation Jürgen Haacke 9. The ASEAN Regional Forum and Counter-Terrorism Noel M. Morada 10. Maritime Security and the ARF: Why the Focus on Dialogue Rather than Action? JN Mak 11. Securitisation Practices in Indonesia and the Philippines and their Impact on the Management of Security Challenges in ASEAN and the ARF David A. Boyd and Jörn Dosch 12. The ARF and Cooperative Security: More of the Same? Jürgen Haacke and Noel M. Morada
Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.