ASEAN’s Cooperative Security Enterprise: Norms and Interests by H. Katsumata

By H. Katsumata

Katsumata demonstrates that anything fascinating is happening contained in the ASEAN nearby discussion board (ARF). He exhibits that an organization of teen powers in Southeast Asia is selling its cooperative protection norm, and influencing the rules of its exterior companions. hence, the ARF is without doubt one of the vital pathways to neighborhood protection.

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In a security framework for dialogue, in which few military measures are pursued, countries with low military capabilities have been able to play a leadership role. In other words, such countries have not become the junior partners of major powers. By promoting its cooperative norm in this manner, ASEAN is attaining a status as the centre of Asia-Pacific regionalism in the security area. It has been in a position to set agendas for regional security cooperation, determining which security issues should be addressed, and in what ways.

Alice Ba maintains that, ‘in creating ARF, ASEAN leaders were largely motivated by a desire to ensure continued United States engagement in Asia’ (1997, 637). For Daljit Singh important reasons for holding a multilateral security dialogue included the need to engage China within the regional order, and to keep the United States engaged as an indispensable component of the Asia-Pacific strategic balance (2000, 36). These proponents of the conventional explanation focus on the distribution of material capabilities in the post-Cold War era, while paying insufficient attention to the spread of ideas.

The Soviet Union drastically reduced its military presence in Vietnam in 1990. Thus, the Southeast Asian countries feared that the United States would also withdraw or significantly reduce its military presence in Asia, and that other regional powers such as China would attempt to fill the power vacuum (see Straits Times 1990). 1 The primary external security concern of the Southeast Asian countries in the early 1990s was the future posture of China. It is worth adding that, at that time, various potential flashpoints surfaced.

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