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ASEAN and East Asian International Relations

Regional Delusion David Martin Jones, Honorary Reader, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia and Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London, UK, and M.L.R. Smith, Reader in War Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, UK
Academic and accepted orthodoxy maintains that Southeast Asia, and Asia generally, is evolving into a distinctive East Asian regional order. This book questions this claim and reveals instead uncertainty and incoherence at the heart of ASEAN, the region’s foremost institution.

The authors provide a systematic critique of ASEAN’s evolution and institutional development, as well as a unified understanding of the international relations and political economy of ASEAN and the Asia–Pacific. It is the first study to provide a sceptical analysis of international relations orthodoxies regarding regionalization and institutionalism, and is based on wide-ranging and rigorous research.
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Publication Date: 2006
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Academic and accepted orthodoxy maintains that Southeast Asia, and Asia generally, is evolving into a distinctive East Asian regional order. This book questions this claim and reveals instead uncertainty and incoherence at the heart of ASEAN, the region’s foremost institution.

The authors provide a systematic critique of ASEAN’s evolution and institutional development, as well as a unified understanding of the international relations and political economy of ASEAN and the Asia–Pacific. It is the first study to provide a sceptical analysis of international relations orthodoxies regarding regionalization and institutionalism, and is based on wide-ranging and rigorous research.

Students of international relations, the Asia–Pacific, Southeast Asia, regional studies, international history and security and defence studies will find this book of great interest, as will scholars, policy makers and economic forecasters with an interest in long-term Asia–Pacific trends.
‘David Martin Jones, Nicholas Khoo and MLR Smith have delivered a wonderful neoclassical take on East Asian security and added energy to the debate surrounding China’s rising influence in that region. Asian Security and the Rise of China will find an audience in universities as well as in the conference rooms where foreign and security policies are made in the Asia-Pacific.’
– CEU Political Science Journal
Contents: Introduction: The Age of Delusion in the Asia–Pacific 1. The Delusions of Aseanology: Exploring the Sovietology of Southeast Asian Studies 2. An Imitation Community for Imitation States: ASEAN and the Region that Never Was 3. Asia Rising (Again): ASEAN and the Illusion of an Asian Model of Economic Development 4. The Contradictions in the Political Economy of East Asian Regionalism 5. A Delusion Transformed: ASEAN and East Asian Regionalism 6. Constructing and Deconstructing Regions: Australia’s Engagement with ‘Asia’ 7. Political Illiberalism and the War on Terrorism in Southeast Asia: The Delusions of the Surveillance State Conclusion: It’s No Fun at the ASEAN Bibliography Index