South-East Asia’s international relations and security perspectives

Authored by: Jürgen Haacke

East and South-East Asia

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781857436396
eBook ISBN: 9780203146026
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This chapter sets out some of the conflicts, tensions and security pressures that have threatened to undercut stability in South-East Asia, or parts thereof. It also reviews the approaches—individual, bilateral, multi-country, regional—that member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have adopted in response. The chapter shows that having emphasized for several years the particular relevance of transnational security threats, regional governments have re-focused attention on conventional security threats, primarily ones that are linked to the People’s Republic of China’s rise and the South China Sea conflict. The capacity of the ASEAN states to manage serious intramural or regional disputes and conflict remains limited. Notably, the recent US rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific has not significantly improved the prospects for regional stability.

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