Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

The ASEAN Political-Security Community and Its Dilemmas

The ASEAN political-security community and its dilemmas
Ayako Masuhara


Since its founding in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has emphasized sovereignty and noninterference as core principles or norms. As most of the original ASEAN member states had experienced colonial rule, territorial integrity and national existence free from external interference were extremely vital matters to them. Moreover, each country prioritized social order over democracy and human rights as it sought to promote development policy and national integration. This emphasis on social order could be seen as reflecting the region's conservative political culture.

However, ASEAN has undergone remarkable change over the last forty ...

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