International Security in the Asia-Pacific

Transcending ASEAN towards Transitional Polycentrism

  • Alan Chong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak
    Pages 85-98
  3. The Great Powers: Going their Own Way or Tempering Rivalry with Some Reference to ASEAN?

  4. Defence Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific

  5. Non-Traditional Security Threats as Security Interdependence and the Challenge to Military Missions in East Asia

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 423-429

About this book


This volume argues that international security in the Asia-Pacific lends itself to contradictory analyses of centrifugal and centripetal trends. Transitional polycentrism is intrinsically awkward as a description of the security of states and their populations; it implies the loosening of state control and the emergence of newly asserted authority by mixed constellations of intergovernmental organizations and non-state actors. It implies a competition of agendas: threats to the integrity of borders and human security threats such as natural disasters, airliner crashes, and displacement by man-made pollution and food scarcity. Conversely, polycentrism could also imply a return to a more neo-realist oriented international order where great powers ignore ASEAN and steer regional order according to their perceived interests and relative military superiority. This book embraces these contradictory trends as a foundation of analysis and accepts that disorder can also be re-described from the perspective of studied detachment as polycentric order.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Alan Chong
    • 1
  1. 1.S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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