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Title: Co-chairing Asia-Pacific defence diplomacy : the case ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus
Authors: Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol
Klaisringoen, Nantasit
Keywords: Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Pitakdumrongkit, K., & Klaisringoen, N. (2019). Co-chairing Asia-Pacific defence diplomacy : the case ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 73(1), 64-81. doi:10.1080/10357718.2019.1568387
Journal: Australian Journal of International Affairs 
Abstract: This article assesses co-chairs’ roles in affecting the outcomes of Asia-Pacific defence diplomacy, which have been under-examined. Attempting to mend this intellectual gap, our study examines: ‘What shapes specific agreement details?’ We contend that co-chairs’ effectiveness is not borne out of resource possession but in fact derived from their ability to manage the resources. In order to be effective, co-chairpersons must convert the available resources at hands into bargaining leverage. To validate our argument, empirical analysis of military medicine (MM) collaboration under the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) framework was conducted. We demonstrate how the Thai and Russian co-chairs altered the bargaining dynamics to shape the outcomes regarding the ASEAN Center of Military Medicine (ACMM). Insights from our analysis not only extends the existing academic literature on Asia-Pacific defence diplomacy and international negotiation, but also provides practitioners with lessons useful for conducting defence diplomacy and enhancing security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.
ISSN: 1035-7718
DOI: 10.1080/10357718.2019.1568387
Rights: © 2019 Australian Institute of International Affairs. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Australian Journal of International Affairs and is made available with permission of Australian Institute of International Affairs.
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