Understanding ASEAN’s Role in Asia-Pacific Order

  • Robert Yates

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Robert Yates
    Pages 1-15
  3. Robert Yates
    Pages 287-293
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-333

About this book


This book assesses the important role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the management of regional political, security and economic relations. The author argues that ASEAN’s prominent role in the region, spanning 50 years, is largely due to the acquiescence of the great powers who endorsed ASEAN, accepted its regional position and accorded the institution a legitimacy and durability that, otherwise, it would not have. This text offers a key intervention into the debate regarding ASEAN and regional order by showing how ASEAN’s contribution to order management is part of a negotiated division of labour with the great powers. The author applies an innovative social roles analysis, which captures the dynamic interactions between ASEAN and the great powers from the Cold War to the present day.

Robert Yates is Senior Teaching Associate in Politics at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), University of Bristol, UK.


Asia-Pacific Asian politics ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations China South-Pacific conflict in Southeast Asia Asian economics Sino-American relations Indochina conflict post-Cold War post-Cold War Asia Pacific international order Indonesia Vietnam the Cambodian Conflict ASEAN’s ‘regional conductor’ role East Asia regional order social roles in International Relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Robert Yates
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK

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