Institutionalizing East Asia: Mapping and reconfiguring regional cooperation

institutationalizing east asia

Edited by Alice D. Ba, Cheng-Chwee Kuik and Sueo Sudo

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Institutional activities have remarkably transformed East Asia, a region once known for the absence of regionalism and regime-building efforts. Yet the dynamics of this Asian institutionalization have remained an understudied area of research. This book offers one of the first scholarly attempts to clarify what constitutes institutionalization in East Asia and to systematically trace the origins, discern the features, and analyze the prospects of ongoing institutionalization processes in one of the world’s most dynamic regions.

Institutionalizing East Asia comprises eight chapters, grouped thematically into three sections. Part I considers East and Southeast Asia as focal points of interstate exchanges and traces the institutionalization of inter-state cooperation first among the Southeast Asian states and then among those of the wider East Asia. Part II examines the institutionalization of regional collaboration in four domains: economy, security, natural disaster relief, and ethnic conflict management. Part III discusses the institutionalization dynamics at the sub-regional and inter-regional levels.

The chapters in this book offer a useful source of reference for scholars and researchers specializing in East Asia, regional architecture, and institution-building in international relations. They will also be of interest to postgraduate and research students interested in ASEAN, the drivers and limits of international cooperation, as well as the role of regional multilateralism in the Asia-Pacific region.

Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations

Introduction
ALICE D. BA, CHENG-CHWEE KUIK AND SUEO SUDO

PART 1: Evolution of inter-state cooperation

1. Institutionalization of Southeast Asia: ASEAN and ASEAN centrality
ALICE D. BA

2. Institutionalization of “East Asian” regionalism: The critical cases of ASEAN Plus Three and East Asia Summit
MD NASRUDIN MD AKHIR AND SUEO SUDO

PART 2: Domains of East Asian cooperation

3. Institutionalization of economic cooperation in East Asia
SUEO SUDO AND THAM SIEW YEAN

4. Institutionalization of security cooperation in East Asia
CHENG-CHWEE KUI

5. Institutionalization of disaster management in Southeast Asia
TAVIDA KAMOLVEJ

6. ASEAN’s (non-)role in managing ethnic conflicts in Southeast Asia: Obstacles to institutionalization
CHANINTIRA NA THALANG AND PINN SIRAPRAPASIRI

PART 3: Levels of cooperation

7. Institutionalization of sub-regional cooperation: The case of the Greater Mekong Sub-region
NGUYEN QUOC VIET

8. Institutionalization of inter-regional cooperation: The case of ASEM and FEALAC
YULIUS P. HERMAWAN

Conclusion: Themes and prospects
ALICE D. BA, CHENG-CHWEE KUIK AND SUEO SUDO

Appendix 1: Regional map
Appendix 2: Timeline of key ASEAN milestones
Appendix 3: Timeline of key ASEAN+3 milestones
Appendix 4: Timeline of other selected institutional developments
Appendix 5: ASEAN and free trade agreements/negotiations in East Asia
Appendix 6: ASEAN centrality and East Asia’s institutional architecture
Index

Empirically rich, conceptually sophisticated though not theoretically obsessed, an impressive and well-integrated collection of essays on the dynamics of multilateral institutions in Eastern Asia. The authors are all of the region and present a distinctive account of institutionalization as an evolving social structure that produces rules and influences state behaviour but that does not depend upon legalistic or contractual arrangements. Positive about the accomplishments, realistic about the limitations, guardedly optimistic about the prospects, the volume may not silence the naysayers who dismiss ASEAN-inflected multilateralism. But it will substantially boost the quality of a debate that is of academic importance and more.

Paul Evans, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

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