Department of Government and International Studies
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.
Source Publication Title
Journal of Asian Public Policy
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Sliwinski, K. F. (2014). Accounting for pre-conditions for a harmonious community of states: Democratization and the security complex in East and Southeast Asia. Journal of Asian Public Policy, 7 (3). https://doi.org/10.1080/17516234.2014.922149