Weak states' regionalism: ASEAN and the limits of security cooperation in Pacific Asia

Jones, David Martin and Jenne, Nicole (2016) Weak states' regionalism: ASEAN and the limits of security cooperation in Pacific Asia. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 16 2: 209-240. doi:10.1093/irap/lcv015

Author Jones, David Martin
Jenne, Nicole
Title Weak states' regionalism: ASEAN and the limits of security cooperation in Pacific Asia
Journal name International Relations of the Asia-Pacific   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1470-4838
Publication date 2016-05-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/irap/lcv015
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 209
End page 240
Total pages 32
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expanded its institutional outreach to span the broader Asia Pacific and new policy areas, a dominant orthodoxy has placed the organization at the center of the region's international order. More recently, uncertainty in the context of China's rise sheds doubt on ASEAN's apparent centrality to its procedurally driven transformation of foreign relations across East Asia. While theories of cooperation explain why and when minor powers choose to pool their resources, the reverse logic has hardly been considered. This paper shows that the particular type of ASEAN regionalism is not only a product of weak states' cooperation but that the lack of capacity also sets the limits for the regional project. Two case studies on intramural security elicit the limited effectiveness of ASEAN's endeavor to develop into a security community. Meanwhile, as an examination of the South China Sea dispute demonstrates, its attempt to export its norms has rendered it vulnerable to the intervention of more powerful actors and increasingly side-lined by the evolution of great power rivalry.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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