In its 50th year, ASEAN faces a range of contemporary challenges have called into question, ASEAN’s strategic place and security contributions in East Asia. Yet, one of the more underappreciated effects of ASEAN institutions has been the introduction of strategic complexity that is relational and institutional, as well as material. As recent developments illustrate, ASEAN’s institutional logics are not uncontested, but they do make for a complex strategic environment constituted by mixed security logics and imperatives, and choices that are not easily compartmentalized. This talk also considers the extent to which such logics bear on the practice (less the essence) of great power competition, as well as the significance of changing US and China power dynamics for ASEAN’s role in Asia.
Alice Ba is Professor of Political Science at the University of Delaware and research associate of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University in Washington, DC. She is author of (Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia (2009) and co-editor of Institutionalizing East Asia (2016) and forthcoming volumes, Contemporary Southeast Asia and The Philippines in a Post-American World.
Jürgen Haacke is Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, within the Institute of Global Affairs, and Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.
The Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre (SEAC) is a cross-disciplinary, regionally-focused academic centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.
This lecture is part of a series of SEAC public events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Assocation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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