The 2nd ASEAN Reader

The 2nd ASEAN Reader

The 2nd ASEAN Reader

The 2nd ASEAN Reader


A sequel to the first ASEAN Reader. Some of the classic readings from the original ASEAN reader have been incorporated into this new compilation, but the majority of the readings cover events of the past decade (1993-2003). During this decade ASEAN as an organization was revamped, and its membership increased from six to ten.


The Second asean Reader has been designed to be either a stand-alone volume, or a companion volume to the (first) asean Reader, published by iseas in 1992. the first volume contained excerpts from ASEAN-related scholarly publications, from the early days of regionalism up to the 1992 asean Summit. The Second asean Reader retains roughly ten per cent of the excerpts published in the first volume, but focuses on a selection of excerpts from scholarly writings published since the early 1990s.

The present volume thus concentrates on documenting events and issues from 1990 to 2003. This timeframe can certainly be justified in terms of internal asean developments — such as the expansion of ASEAN’s membership; the elaboration of an asean Vision 2020; the implementation of AFTA; the founding of ARF; and the increased frequency of asean formal and informal summits to name but a few. the regional and global economic, political, and security environments have also changed dramatically: the Soviet Union is no more; China has emerged as a global player; Japan has continued to struggle to overcome its economic and political malaise; and there have been fundamental shifts in U.S. foreign policy following September 11. in the region, the 1997 economic crisis has pushed asean to rethink economic development models in the rapidly globalizing economic and security environments.

Certainly the last decade has seen a flourishing of scholarly interest in things asean, in the fields of international relations, economics, strategic and security studies, socio-cultural and religious studies, and last but not least, history. the excerpts in this volume thus are but a small sample of this vast literature. Selections were made to achieve some kind of balance of views across disciplines, and across countries, with authors from asean countries, as well as the United States, Japan, China, India, Australia, Germany, and Britain. Although we would like to thank our colleagues for their assistance in introducing us to relevant materials, the final choice of selections was ours.

The Reader is divided into eight sections, each highlighting an area that has been a concentration of scholarly interest. We assumed that this interest served, in a general sense, as an index of relevance in terms of issues, events, and activities, which have been pivotal to ASEAN’s evolution. Section I provides introductory background essays on the Southeast Asian region, during . . .

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