(Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

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The ASEAN Paradox and IR Theory

ASEAN is an irrelevant imitation community.

David Martin Jones and Michael L. R. Smith, 2001

Southeast Asia minus ASEAN equals greater political instability,
more widespread economic deterioration and almost surely, the
ascendancy of expansionist forces that thrive on the weakness, iso-
lation and disunity of others.

Narciso Reyes,1
ASEAN Secretary General, 1980–1982

This chapter situates ASEAN and Asia’s post—Cold War regionalisms within larger theoretical debates about international relations (IR). It first describes the puzzle that ASEAN presents for dominant IR theories whose utilitarian understandings of cooperation offer limited explanations for ASEAN, its informal consensus-seeking regionalism, and its resilience in the face of change. It then offers an alternative explanation based on constructivist arguments about the role of ideas and social processes (here, argumentation, dialogue, social reinforcement) in the production and reproduction of regions and regionalisms. I build especially on the work of Barnett, Kaye, and Acharya, each of whom have similarly looked to constructivist approaches to explain particular regional politics (respectively, pan-Arabism, Arab—Israeli politics, and Southeast Asia as a security community). My framework, which highlights competing ideas as well as ideational-material interactions in the production of regions and regionalisms in first Southeast Asia and now East Asia, is detailed below.


The ASEAN Paradox

The existence of ASEAN defies most expectations. At the time of its founding in 1967, few expected ASEAN to last one year, let alone nearly four decades, given the volatile state of Southeast Asia’s intra- and extraregional relations. Yet, not only has ASEAN seen cooperation deepen, grow, and expand into areas like politics and security that were once too sensitive even

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