ASEAN and the Dynamics of Resistance to Sovereignty Violation:The Case of the Third Indochina War (1978–1991)

Southgate, Laura (2015). ASEAN and the Dynamics of Resistance to Sovereignty Violation:The Case of the Third Indochina War (1978–1991). Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 2 (2), pp. 200-221.

Abstract

This article investigates the history of ASEAN’s relationship to external intervention in regional affairs. It addresses a specific question: What was the basic cause of the success of ASEAN resistance to the Vietnamese challenge to ASEAN’s sovereignty from 1978-1991? ASEAN’s history is understood in terms of a realist theoretical logic, in terms of the relationship between an ASEAN state with the most compelling interests at stake in a given issue, which I call a ‘vanguard state,’ and selected external powers. Using the Third Indochina War (1978–1991) as a case study, this article contends that ASEAN’s ability to resist violations to the sovereignty of Thailand from a Soviet-backed Vietnam is a consequence of high interest convergence between Thailand, and a designated external power, China.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2347797015586128
Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: © Sage 2015. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2347797015586128
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Published Date: 2015-07-22
Authors: Southgate, Laura ( 0000-0002-6011-7492)

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