The United States, Asia, and “Convergent Security”
WHEN the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) founded the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in 1993, it did so to secure the best of both worlds for ASEAN memberstates. The ARF helped create a “breathing space” needed to pursue an enduring AsiaPacific regional order based on multilateral norms. But any such quest was to be temporarily underwritten by American power extended to the region through its alliances. This approach has sometimes been described as “convergent security” – a...[Show more]
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