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Emmers, Ralf and Le Thu, Huong (2020) 'Vietnam and the Search for Security Leadership in ASEAN.' Asian Security, 17 (1). pp. 64-78.

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Indonesia has traditionally been viewed as a de facto leader of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the regional body remains the cornerstone of Indonesian foreign policy. The paper addresses the question of whether other member states have become influential actors or even sectoral leaders in their own right by playing a direct role in a particular aspect of ASEAN affairs. This question is addressed by examining the regional policies of Vietnam, a country that has been mostly neglected in the existing ASEAN literature despite its strategic weight. The paper focuses on the evolving role of Vietnam in ASEAN and highlights its diplomatic initiatives, as well as various conditions to evaluate its potential to take up a leading security role in the regional body in the years to come.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 15552764
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Asian Security, 17 (1). pp. 64-78 (2020) 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 10:07

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