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The concept of flexible engagement and the practice of enhanced interaction: intramural challenges to the ‘ASEAN way’

Haacke, Jurgen (1999) The concept of flexible engagement and the practice of enhanced interaction: intramural challenges to the ‘ASEAN way’. The Pacific Review, 12 (4). pp. 581-611. ISSN 0951-2748

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Abstract

This article examines the challenges to the diplomatic and security culture of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as posed by Thailand's spurned proposal for ‘flexible engagement’ and the pursuit of ‘enhanced interaction’ by some ASEAN members in intramural relations. It asks whether these challenges should be understood as turning points in the way in which regional leaderships in Southeast Asia interact. The article argues that while the ‘ASEAN way’ is indeed changing, this change, at least for the moment, focuses mainly on extending the range of issues and contexts traditionally defined as internal affairs in which other ASEAN governments may now legitimately become involved. Considerations about ASEAN cohesion, regime security and regional influence do not suggest an imminent or complete abandonment of ASEAN's diplomatic and security culture. The likelihood that enhanced interaction will continue to be pursued by ASEAN leaderships should therefore not be seen to imply that principles such as quiet diplomacy or restraint have already become obsolete.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rpre20
Additional Information: © 1999 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 15:49
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/53805/

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