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Emmers, Ralf and Caballero-Anthony, Mely (2022) 'Keeping the Peace in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Quest for Positive Peace.' The Pacific Review, 35 (6). pp. 1079-1104.

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Southeast Asia has gone through a remarkable transformation in recent decades and seen peaceful change since the end of the Cold War era despite great power interference and rivalry and ongoing territorial disputes including the South China Sea conflict. The region has transformed its image from the so-called Balkans of the East in the 1960s and 1970s to an economically competitive and peaceful region today. Despite these accomplishments, the record of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in maintaining regional peace and security has also been seriously challenged, particularly at the domestic and transnational level. The paper argues that the Southeast Asian experience of peaceful change calls for a different framework of analysis that goes beyond the traditional International Relations theories which do not provide a compelling answer to whether regional peace has prevailed. It reviews ASEAN’s approaches to managing peace and security in Southeast Asia and brings close attention to domestic and international dynamics. The paper claims that the Southeast Asian states’ approach to positive peace, reflected in the notion of comprehensive security and the building of national and regional resilience, is instructive in understanding peaceful transformations in the region.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 09512748
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in The Pacific Review, 35 (6). pp. 1079-1104, published by Taylor and Francis. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 10:01

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