The US Push for a Northeast Asia Forum: Three Ramifications for East Asian Regionalism
Tan, See Seng
Date of Issue2008-04-16
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
America’s current effort to convert the ad-hoc Six Party Talks into a permanent security mechanism for Northeast Asia could have interesting implications for the future of regionalism in East Asia, not least a regionalism centred on ASEAN. From ASEAN’s perspective, such a mechanism could lead to the sidelining of the ARF – and possibly ASEAN itself – in regional security affairs. ASEAN’s apprehensions reflect concern over any impetus for regionalism from sources other than ASEAN itself, particularly from the big powers. That said, the push for a Northeast Asia forum could also serve as the opportunity for ASEAN and other stakeholders to not only assess the state of regionalism in East Asia, but also, importantly, to advance it.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 047-08
Nanyang Technological University