Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia (2nd ed.)

ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order


Series: Politics in Asia

This second edition of Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia takes the excellent framework from Acharya's first edition and brings it up-to-date, looking at ASEAN's comprehensive and critical account of the evolution of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) norms and the viability of the ASEAN way of conflict management.

Key issues in determining the future stability of the Southeast Asian and Asia Pacific region are covered, including:

  • intra-regional relations and the effect of membership expansion
  • the ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asian regionalism
  • ASEAN's response to terrorism and other transnational challenges
  • debates over ASEAN's non-interference doctrine
  • the 'ASEAN Security Community' and the ASEAN Charter
  • the impact of the rise of China and India and ASEAN's relations with the US and Japan.

The new edition will continue to appeal to students and scholars of Asian security, international relations theory and Southeast Asian studies as well as policymakers and the media.

  • Taylor and Francis; June 2009
  • ISBN: 9781134122615
  • Edition: 2
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  • Title: Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia
  • Series: Politics in Asia
  • Author: Amitav Acharya
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"Anyone seeking to find the link between the power of intellectual discourse and policy relevance should read this book. The ASEAN Security Community (ASC), first as a discourse and subsequently as a policy adopted by ASEAN, has to a considerable degree been inspired by the arguments advanced in this book." - Rizal Sukma, Deputy Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta, and author of the original concept paper for the ASEAN Security Community

Reviews of the first edition:

'This is a superb study of ASEAN and the main issues that it faces. Acharya provides great insight into key episodes in ASEAN's development with thorough research and cogent analysis...This book must now be considered the authoritative text on the subject of regional organization in Southeast Asia. One hopes the author will consider a second edition in the not too distant future.' - Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania

 'Innovative and stimulating...the theoretical and empirical sophistication that Acharya displays makes this book sure to be a key work on the security and political aspects of ASEAN for academics and policymakers...a vivid and cutting-edge work' - American Political Science Review

'A wise book...the author expresses judgments that challenge analysts in Southeast Asia itself to consider seriously what can be done to chart a new course for the region.' - Journal of Asian Studies

'Achary's book stands as a major contribution to the ongoing Asian security debate and contributes substantially to the quality of that debate's policy analysis.' -  Survival

'An invaluable resource for every student of the region.' - Pacific Affairs

'A comprehensive and convincing evaluation of the effect of norms of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on its member states a scrupulously fair account of ASEAN's development.' - International Journal

'A fascinating and important book...Regional specialists will find a great deal to mull over in this nuanced and compelling analysis.' - Pacific Review

'Among the scholars writing on the interface between international relations theory and Asian security, one of the most prolific and highly regarded is Amitav Acharya whose work on Asian regional security institutions is particularly prized. Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia continues to burnish his reputation for applying theoretical constructs to regional policy outcomes.' - Contemporary Southeast Asia


About The Author

Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations at the American University, USA