The 1978–1991 Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Vietnam Standoff

  • M. Leann Brown


This chapter examines ASEANs’ response to the Vietnamese military invasion of Cambodia between 1978 and 1991. Despite the fact that ASEAN began as an economic and cultural cooperative entity in 1967, the primary successes of its first decade lay in its providing a means whereby Member States could manage intraregional disputes and the stresses of the Cold War. Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia constituted a turning point in the Association’s willingness to assume leadership to address conventional security threats. The conflict in Cambodia was perceived as a genuine security threat to ASEAN Member States and to the political and economic goals of the organization. ASEAN employed diplomacy to contain Vietnamese influence in Cambodia while seeking to manage fractious politics within Cambodia and ASEAN itself, laying the foundation for a nascent security community in Southeast Asia.


Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Vietnam Cambodia Indonesia Thailand ASEAN Regional Forum 


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  • M. Leann Brown
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  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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