Defence and Security Cooperation in East Asia: Whither ASEAN Centrality?

  • See Seng Tan


Against the backdrop of the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a primarily non-military and development-oriented regional organization, this chapter assesses the place and role of ASEAN in the burgeoning webs of defence relations that crisscross the East Asian region, many of which are not tied explicitly to ASEAN. To the extent that the principle of ‘ASEAN centrality’ is central to the multilateral facets of East Asia’s evolving security architecture—for which ASEAN ostensibly serves as the ‘fulcrum’—how, if at all, does it relate to the defence-oriented facets of that architecture? Put differently, what does ASEAN centrality mean in a transitional polycentric context, where ASEAN is but one among several competing international actors?


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