Asian Review


Deniz Kocak

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The ASEAN community comprises the ASEAN economic community, ASEAN social and cultural community, and ASEAN security community. Particularly the ASEAN security community is controversially debated among scholars. By focusing on key variables such as the states' sovereignty, the societal level and the military collaboration among ASEAN, the article assesses the level and limitations of ASEAN's intrastate cooperation and classifies ASEAN in the spectrum of regional security structures. It is argued here that ASEAN forms a security regime rather than a security community and that the prospects for a mature security community in the next decade are far from reality.



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