Document Type

Journal Article

Department/ Unit

Department of Government & International Studies

Abstract

This article addresses the relationship between the character of political regimes and security in East and Southeast Asia. In doing so it draws both on the insights of regional security complex and liberal peace theories. The analysis of democratization processes is therefore juxtaposed with the general underdevelopment of democracy in the region. It is ascertained that the security paradox that features prominently in East and Southeast Asian international relations can be transcended. Democratization and modernization alone however do not suffice, in which case another normative basis is needed.

The main conclusion takes the author to accept the importance of culture in political community building. In that respect, a common denominator is sought in building a genuine Asian identity based on human values, to which major political philosophies and religions in the region subscribe. Consequently the convergence among social norms, political norms and peace is theorised.

Publication Year

2014

Journal Title

Journal of Asian Public Policy

Volume number

7

Issue number

3

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

First Page (page number)

214

Last Page (page number)

230

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1080/17516234.2014.922149

ISSN (print)

17516242

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