Conclusion: Asian International Security in the Mode of Indefinite Polycentrism
The conclusion points to a steady state of ‘transitional polycentrism’ in the Asia-Pacific security order. The great powers will continue to compete against one another’s self-defined ‘national interests’, but their competition will likely be subject to self-restraint or the regional security architecture pioneered by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The ‘lowest common denominator’ approach to security keeps the imperfect peace at the very least. Interestingly, this aspect of polycentrism ensures that diplomatic and military balancing remains subtle and positive in ensuring access to developmental goals. When it comes to non-traditional security, polycentrism allows all solutions, including national and international ones, experimental room.