Overview for The Association of Southeast Asian Nations: ASEAN: Conflict and Development
This study provides a structural analysis of ASEAN's role in Southeast Asia's regional development and conflict. Part I of the book concentrates on ASEAN's dispute management mechanism and applies Robert Fritz's theory of structural dynamics. It introduces the main structural factors influencing the organization's dispute management system and identifies avoidance and consensus building as the two central procedures. ASEAN's oscillation between success and failure is also discussed by identifying the root causes underlying the structural instability. How to overcome ASEAN's internal organization conflicts leading to oscillation through structural dynamics is also discussed. It concludes by presenting a general overview of ASEAN's role in dealing with regional conflict through preventive diplomacy and possibly peace-building.
Part II concentrates on socio-economic development and trade. It provides an overview of socio-economic development in the region as well as some important intra-regional trade barriers. It applies structural dynamics to the problem of economic and trade oscillation in ASEAN.
Based on ASEAN's official goal of creating a socio-cultural community, Part III of the book tackles the structural conflicts present due to the regionÕs diverse socio-cultural makeup. The complementary processes of avoidance and consensus building are presented as the central mechanisms through which ASEAN can construct shared norms and thus overcome inherent organizational conflicts. It also presents an overview of ASEAN's path towards a socio-cultural community through a structural lens.
Part IV of the book presents general conclusions and proposes possible future directions for further research. It ties together the three parts by providing an overview of ASEAN's future in the region's development and conflict.
Otto F Von Feigenblatt (Author)
Otto F. von Feigenblatt is a Costa Rican academic and public intellectual currently based in South Florida. He holds a B.S. in Asia Pacific Studies from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (Beppu, Japan) and an M.A. in International Development Studies from Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)and is currently pursuing A Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida). He is the author of "Japan and Human Security" and of "Human Security in the Asia Pacific Region: Security Challenges, Regional Integration, and Representative Case Studies" published by YKING BOOKS, Jaipur, India. His research has appeared in academic journals such as the Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, the Journal of Contemporary Literature, Infinity Journal, the Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution, inter alia. Currently, he is serving as the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences. His research deals with alternative security paradigms and international development in the Asia Pacific Region.
Otto F. von Feigenblat was recently elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland for his contribution to Asia Pacific Studies and has served as a Guest Lecturer of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Lynn University (Boca Raton, Florida).