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.
|Journal||Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs|
|Early online date||7 Jul 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Aug 2016|
Bibliographical note© Sage 2016. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2347797016645454
- ASEAN, South China Sea, regional autonomy, Vanguard State Theory, external interference