ASEAN and the New Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific


About the Webinar

Of late, there has been much concern about the “return of geopolitics” to the Indo-Pacific. Amitav Acharya examines how this “new geopolitics” differs from previous escalations of great power rivalry, especially during the Cold War period. The webinar will look at the implications of emerging strategic trends in the region for ASEAN’s unity and response. While its normative framework of engaging all major powers and not taking sides in the US-China rivalry still has merits, ASEAN needs to develop a more calibrated and strategic approach with a mix of diplomatic incentives and disincentives to discourage Great Power policies that might destabilise Southeast Asia.

About the Speaker

Amitav Acharya is Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC and Chair of the School’s ASEAN Studies Initiative. His books on regional security include Whose Ideas Matter: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009); The Making of Southeast Asia (Cornell and ISEAS 2012-13); Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problems of Regional Order, 3rd edition (Routledge 2014); East of India, South of China: Sino-Indian Encounters in Southeast Asia (Oxford 2017), and ASEAN and Regional Order: Revisiting Security Community in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2021).


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Nov 30 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am