See Seng Tan's Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation: National Interests and PDF

By See Seng Tan

ISBN-10: 076561474X

ISBN-13: 9780765614742

New advancements within the Asia Pacific are forcing neighborhood officers to reconsider the way in which they deal with safeguard concerns. The members to this paintings discover why a few varieties of protection cooperation and institutionalisation within the sector have confirmed extra possible than others.

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It focuses on political, economic, and social problems at different levels of analysis and offers therefore an alternative to traditional concepts of security, which concentrate exclusively on national defense and external military threats. It assumes that broadening the definition of the term itself beyond military issues can enhance security. 12 In contrast to the Japanese interpretation of the concept, the approach taken by the ASEAN states has primarily been inward looking. ”13 The inward-looking approach to domestic regime security and regional stability has been illustrated in the principles of national and regional resilience.

35 Significantly, ASEAN has institutionalized a multilateral security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific despite America’s preference for bilateral structures and China’s suspicion of multilateralism. The discussion group also includes Japan, which has viewed the ARF as supplementary to its alliance with the United States and as a diplomatic tool to increase its relations with South Korea and China. As pointed out by Singapore’s foreign minister S. ”36 The Absence of a Security Community in the Asia-Pacific ASEAN and the ARF have not yet evolved into institutional manifestations of a security community, in contrast to NATO in the post–Cold War period, the European Union (EU), and MERCOSUR in the Southern Cone of Latin America.

38 The members maintain national security policies in which other participants are still perceived as potential enemies. Moreover, border clashes between Thailand and Myanmar in early 2001, which led to an extensive exchange of fire, demonstrated that the use of force between member states could not be excluded. Hence, the association should be defined as a security regime rather than as a security community. The ARF should be regarded as the first security regime at the level of the Asia-Pacific rather than as an emerging security community.

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