Regional Security in Southeast Asia: Beyond the ASEAN Way

Regional Security in Southeast Asia: Beyond the ASEAN Way
Date of publication:  2005
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  328
Code:  SEC26
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ISBN: 9789812302618
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"... the book is concerned with establishing 'whether ASEAN's mechanisms of conflict management have moved beyond the ASEAN way'. The answer developed relative to this last question is a resounding 'yes'. This is based on the author's assessment that the changing nature of domestic politics in member states and the work of civil society organizations have been yielding new ideas in Southeast Asia about how conflict and security should be managed. This book is a very welcome addition to the existing literature on ASEAN and its normative framework. Arguably, the book's main contribution lies in clarifying the influence of track two and track three actors vis-a-vis the Association. This book constitutes an important addition to works on the significance of ASEAN and the ASEAN way. Caballero-Anthony is right to point out that changing state-society relations may challenge the Association to reconfigure its institutional landscape, norms and practices" (Aseasuk News).

"The thread of this very well researched and comprehensively argued book is summarised by the question as to 'whether ASEAN's mechanisms of conflict management have moved beyond the ASEAN way' (p.2) in the wake of new challenges and structural changes in the region's international relations. This monograph should be essential reading for anyone interested in ASEAN and the management of regional security in South East Asia. The book's particular strength is its strong analytical focus on non-state actors. Here the book goes significantly beyond most publications on ASEAN that tend to look at regional co-operation from a state-centric perspective. While it can be argued that ASEAN is still mainly driven by the interests and strategies of government elites, Caballero-Anthony makes a convincing case for the growing impact of societal actors in the process of re-shaping the ASEAN Way" (Asian Affairs).

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The book examines ASEAN's mechanisms in managing challenges and threats to regional security. Its extensive analyses of the ASEAN story of managing regional security cover the different phases of ASEAN's development as a regional organization and explore the perceptible changes that have occurred in regional mechanisms of conflict management. The book also examines the roles of relevant actors beyond the states of ASEAN and the key interactions that have evolved over time, which have been instrumental in moving regional mechanisms beyond the ASEAN way.
           The book argues that the ASEAN way has not been impervious to change. As the association finds its way through periods of crises and continues to confront the many challenges ahead, ASEAN and its mechanisms are already being transformed beyond the narrow confines of the modalities associated with the ASEAN way. The changes in the political and security landscape of the region, as well as the democratic transitions taking place in some member states, have set the stage for a much more dynamic set of regional actors and processes that bring into question the kind of regionalism that is now taking place in the region. This book therefore attempts to capture these evolving dynamics and examines the way regionalism is changing in Southeast Asia.


  • Regional Security in Southeast Asia: Beyond the ASEAN Way
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789812307095]
  • Preliminary pages
  • Introduction. Regional Security in Southeast Asia: Beyond the ASEAN Way
  • 1. Regionalism and Regional Security: Locating ASEAN
  • 2. ASEAN's Mechanisms of Conflict Management: Revisiting the ASEAN Way
  • 3. ASEAN and the Cambodian Conflict: Testing the Limits of the ASEAN Way
  • 4. ASEAN Regional Forum: Extending the ASEAN Way in Managing Regional Order
  • 5. ASEAN's Track Two Diplomacy: Reconstructing Regional Mechanisms of Conflict Management
  • 6. The Asian Economic Crisis and Other Challenges: Turning Points Beyond the Comfort Zone?
  • 7. ASEAN and Civil Society: Enhancing Regional Mechanisms for Managing Security
  • 8. Conclusion: Beyond the ASEAN Way
  • APPENDIX I. Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II)
  • APPENDIX II. Recommendations of the High-Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration
  • APPENDIX III. ASEAN Vision 2020
  • APPENDIX IV. Declaration of ASEAN Concord
  • Selected References and Further Readings
  • Index
  • About the Author

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