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ASEAN Resistance to Sovereignty Violation: Interests, Balancing and the Role of the Vanguard State

Laura Southgate


This book investigates the history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) stance on external intervention in regional affairs. It asks when has ASEAN state resistance to sovereignty challenges succeeded, and when have they failed? ASEAN’s history of (non)resistance is understood in terms of a realist theoretical logic, focusing on the relationship between an ASEAN ‘vanguard state’ and selected external powers. A ‘vanguard state’ is defined as an ASEAN state that comes to the fore of the Association when it has vital interests at stake that it wishes to pursue. Whilst a state’s ... More

Keywords: ASEAN, Sovereignty, Intervention, Balancing, Interests, Vanguard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781529202205
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529202205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Southgate, author
Aston University