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 the world’s most dynamic region.
Institutionalizing East Asia comprises eight essays, grouped thematically into three sections. Part I considers East and Southeast Asia as focal points of inter-state 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 essays 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.
About the Author
Alice D. Ba is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Delaware.
Cheng-Chwee Kuik is Associate Professor in the Strategic Studies and International Relations Program at the National University of Malaysia (UKM).
Sueo Sudo is Professor at the Department of Policy Studies, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Evolution of Inter-state Cooperation 1. Institutionalization of Southeast Asian: ASEAN and ASEAN Centrality Alice D. Ba 2. The Institutionalization of ‘East Asian’ Regionalism: The Critical Cases of ASEAN Plus Three amd 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 Kuik Cheng-Chwee 5. Institutionalization of Disaster Management in Southeast Asia Tavida Kamolvej 6. ASEAN's (Non-) Role in Managing Ehtnic 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 9. Conclusion: Themes and Prospects Alice D. Ba, Kuik Cheng-Chwee and Sueo Sudo