Enter the Vanguard State: Reinterpreting ASEAN’s Response to the South China Sea Issue


This article analyzes the Association of Southeast Asian Nation’s (ASEAN) interactions with China over the South China Sea issue since the end of the Cold War. A neorealist understanding of ASEAN’s international relations is advanced. This approach highlights the degree of security maximizing interest convergence between key ASEAN actors and an extra-regional actor, the United States, to explain the varying outcomes in the empirical record. Our approach is contrasted to alternatives in the existing literature that either overemphasize or underemphasize ASEAN’s autonomy in regional politics.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2347797016645454
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: © Sage 2016. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2347797016645454
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASEAN, South China Sea, regional autonomy, Vanguard State Theory, external interference
Publication ISSN: 2347-7970
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Published Date: 2016-08-01
Published Online Date: 2016-07-07
Accepted Date: 2016-07-06
Authors: Southgate, Laura (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6011-7492)
Khoo, Nicholas



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