ASEAN as a Conflict Manager: Lukewarm Mediation

  • Fathania Queen
  • Ying-Hsien ShengEmail author
Part of the United Nations University Series on Regionalism book series (UNSR, volume 17)


Intrastate conflict is the most common conflict trend in the world since the middle of the twentieth century. As the series of conflicts in Southeast Asia account for nearly half of all intrastate conflicts in the Asian region, the question of how they have been resolved arises. Responding to this, mediation has been considered as the most efficient method to bring the conflicting parties to a mutually acceptable agreement. As Southeast Asia has ASEAN as the closest regional entity who has the framework to act as a third party mediator, this paper analyses ASEAN’s role by asking what are the factors that explain the dynamic of ASEAN involvement in intrastate conflicts as mediator? Through analysing three different cases – the Cambodia conflict, the Aceh conflict, and the East Timor conflict – this chapter suggests that the factors have a variety of levels of influence towards the dynamic of ASEAN mediation. It is hoped that this paper can be a fruitful contribution to previous studies about ASEAN as a regional conflict manager and also the basis of future research in the context of the potential of ASEAN as an effective mediator.


Intrastate conflict(s) Mediation ASEAN Cambodia Aceh East Timor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Hakka Affairs CouncilTaichung CityTaiwan

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