Accounting for pre-conditions for a harmonious community of states: democratization and the security complex in East and Southeast Asia

Krzysztof SLIWINSKI*

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Abstract

This article addresses the relationship between the character of political regimes and security in East and Southeast Asia. In doing so, it draws on the insights of both 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 theorized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-230
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2014

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

User-Defined Keywords

  • democratization
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • identity
  • regional security complex
  • security paradox

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