ASEAN's Path to Regional Autonomy: Lessons Learned from the European Union
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA QUANTICO United States
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ASEAN has pursued a strategy of security cooperation and collective economic initiatives but remains weak against external threats. ASEAN enhances its security through increased interdependence but still requires alignment or bilateral alliances with external powers as part of a hedging strategy that provides the greatest amount of diplomatic flexibility. The EU provides a case study for the challenges associated with developing a rules-based, single market economy but historical, cultural, geographic, and political differences make the EU an imperfect blueprint for ASEAN. ASEAN can achieve its regional objectives and attain greater autonomy by enhancing military interoperability, making ASEAN the primary hub for diplomatic arrangements with non-members, transitioning to a more regulatory institution fostering a competitive single-market and production economy and creating a cohesive Southeast Asian identity.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics