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Theorizing Southeast Asian Relations: Emerging Debates

Discusses a new theory to study Southeast Asian international relations after 1990’s regarding to realist/ neorealist, constructivist, English School, and critical approaches. Deploys constructivism and neoliberal views to debates the ASEAN’s power in terms of the ability to act, the complex engagement of China or Sino-ASEAN relations, ASEAN ways, and ASEAN norm of security cooperation. Applies English School approach to understand ASEAN identity of sovereignty and non-intervention which interprets further than what the constructivism does. Studies the establishment of ASEAN regional Forum (ARF), its function and performance on institutionalizing the ASEAN Ways.