See Seng Tan

See Seng Tan
Nanyang Technological University | ntu · S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My current project is on Southeast Asian perspectives and responses to US-China strategic rivalry.

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Publications (147)
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The introductory chapter seeks to provide a framework whereby EU–Asia security relations can be assessed. It also aims to investigate the underlying motives or drivers that facilitate or inhibit EU–Asia security relations. Particular attention will be devoted to how changes in the geopolitical landscape, such as the end of the Cold War, and the inf...
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This chapter explores how the EU and Southeast Asia, despite marked differences in their understanding and perception of security threats and in their respective approaches to managing such threats, can nonetheless cooperate in regional security. It argues, in the light of growing common concerns over the global impact of non-traditional security c...
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This volume has sought to identify and assess the development of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the EU and its Asian partners across multiple security-related dimensions. It shows that the levels of EU–Asia cooperation and policy convergence vary across the dimensions examined here. Cooperation is higher in areas like economic secur...
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This wide-ranging book analyses EU-Asia security relations in a systematic, substantive and comparative manner. The contributions assess similarities and differences between the EU and its Asian partners with respect to levels of threat perception, policy response and security cooperation in the context of historical, institutional and external fac...
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The longstanding effort to develop a people-based regionalism in Southeast Asia has been shaped by an inherent tension between the liberal inclination to privilege the individual and the community under formation, on the one hand, and the realist insistence on the primacy of the state, on the other. This article explores the conditions and constrai...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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This article assesses how south-east Asian countries and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have responded to the ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ (FOIP) strategies promoted by the United States and the other countries in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the ‘Quad’: US, Japan, Australia and India). Their nuanced ripostes imply a per...
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ASEAN-led security multilateralism in the contemporary Asia–Pacific has been described as a frustrating enterprise. While many ASEAN-led regional arrangements have been perceived as mostly ineffective, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in particular has been singled out as the poster child for what is wrong with Asia–Pacific multilateralism. In contra...
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This chapter introduces the responsibility to provide (R2Provide) and furnishes a sense of the diplomatic, normative and political conditions from which the notion emerged. The policy and academic debate sparked by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008 and the post-crisis reconstruction effort helped shape the terms and references of the evolving sense...
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This chapter explores how regional responsibility is expressed in the context of Southeast Asia’s creep towards the pacific settlement of trade and territorial disputes. It examines the nexus between sovereignty and responsibility, which is also partly manifested in the way regional countries have coalesce around the notion of a rules-based order i...
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This introductory chapter presents the aims and architecture of the book. It introduces an emerging ethic of responsible sovereignty in Southeast Asia, which it calls the ‘responsibility to provide’ (or R2Provide), and seeks an ethical explanation for it. The chapter provides synopses of the eight chapters that follow, which collectively accomplish...
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Firstly, this chapter introducesLevinas’ ‘responsibility for the other’ notion as an alternative to the liberal and communitarian conceptions of responsibility and sovereignty. Both liberal and communitarian ethics are problematic because of theirshared assumption that responsibility is first and foremost to the self. The chapter introduces key fea...
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This chapter examines how the logic of responsible provision has been applied to three areas of intraregional cooperation – HADR, conflict management and human rights. The section on HADR cooperation looks at how, in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, crucial pieces of the regional architecture for HADR – the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management an...
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This chapter draws the study to a close with a summary of the book’s key claims and arguments.Judging by the region’s mixed record, a ‘cup half full’ approach allows at best the conclusion that Southeast Asian states and ASEAN are working toward realising their aspirations and turning words into deeds. So much more remains to be done. Essentially,...
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This chapter examines the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and its wider regional spinoff, the ADMM-Plus. It makes a case for how cooperative initiatives within the multilateral context of the ADMM and ADMM-Plus embody the R2Provide on instrumental and normative grounds. In contrast to the underwhelming performance of the ASEAN Regional Forum...
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This chapter assesses the pros and cons of adopting liberal or communitarian bases for the sovereign responsibility and the R2Provide in the Southeast Asian context. Italso discusses the philosophical and theoretical difficulties associated with both those approaches that render them inappropriate as grounds for a meaningful and relevant sovereign...
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This chapter examines extant understandings of sovereignty as responsibility, beginning with the idea of sovereign responsibility as conceptualised by Francis Deng and his collaborators, who contend that sovereignty can no longer be seen as a protection against interference, but as a charge of responsibility where the state is accountable to both d...
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Are the sovereign states of Southeast Asia responsible actors that care and provide for their own as well as their neighbours? Do they act hospitably towards each other? This book examines an embryonic ‘ethos’ of intraregional responsibility among Southeast Asian countries. Unevenly distributed and more apparent in some states than others, the ethi...
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Cambridge Core - Public International Law - The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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The Legal Authority of ASEAN as a Security Institution - by Hitoshi Nasu April 2019
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While many Asian nations advocate the need for a rules-based regional order, there are different visions of the rules-based regional order within or beyond the existing framework of international law. The advocacy for a rules-based regional order means very little when the rules themselves are the very reason why states are in dispute. The success...
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Against the backdrop of the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a primarily non-military and development-oriented regional organization, this chapter assesses the place and role of ASEAN in the burgeoning webs of defence relations that crisscross the East Asian region, many of which are not tied explicitly to ASEAN. T...
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This article assesses the ethical discourse on and practice of ‘responsible provision’ adopted by the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ADMM-Plus and their member countries. Despite their ambivalence towards the ‘responsibility-to-protect’ (R2Protect) norm advocated by the United Nations, Southeast Asian countries have in fact been de...
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The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) has been and remains a key contributor to multilateralism through its keen involvement in multilateral research and in multilateral diplomacy. When RSIS started institutional life as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) in 1996, the Asia-Pacific region was still coming to ter...
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Over the past decade, the EU and China have expanded their relations beyond a focus on economic and trade issues to the sphere of security. Taking a broad definition of security, a multidisciplinary approach, and a comparative perspective (including scholars from both Europe and China), this book provides an in-depth analysis of the extent to which...
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Of late, the principle of ASEAN centrality has come under strain as various stakeholders of East Asia’s evolving regional architecture have questioned ASEAN’s ability and will to lead the region effectively. Recent signs of disunity among ASEAN member countries and the slow progress made towards establishing the ASEAN Community have not helped ASEA...
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Perspectives from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam show that South Korea's middle power role in Southeast Asia is confined to economics and capacity building. Despite being absent from Southeast Asia's geostrategic calculus, Korea's non-revisionist inclination is seen to be advantageous in its pursuit of enhanced middle p...
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Security relations between Singapore and the United States have evolved significantly since the former gained independence in 1965. From an unlikely partnership pursued by Singapore by default rather than choice during Singapore's formative years, the United States has since evolved into a vital partner of Singapore because of the indispensable rol...
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This paper makes three related points. First, Japan has played an instrumental role in helping to define the shape and substance of multilateralism in Asia in ways deeper than scholarly literature on Asia's regional architecture has allowed. A key driving force behind Japan's contributions is the perceived utility of multilateralism in facilitating...
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Due to the continuing expansion of the notion of security, various national, regional and international institutions now find themselves addressing contemporary security issues. While institutions may evolve by adjusting themselves to new challenges, they can also fundamentally alter the intricate balance between security and current legal framewor...
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This book provides a comparative assessment of the material and ideational contributions of five countries to the regional architecture of post-Cold War Asia. In contrast to the usual emphasis placed on the role and centrality of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Asia's multilateral architecture and its component institutions, t...
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This paper critically assesses the conceptual utility of smart power to Singapore’s evolving defence and foreign policy and behaviour. First, as a political concept adopted by the United States for its post-Afghanistan strategy, smart power does not travel easily. With qualifications, however, the notion is relevant to Singapore’s policy pragmatism...
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When Barack Obama became the president of the United States, he issued a number of key declarations, oft reiterated since, that sought to define his foreign policy and presumably set it apart from those of his predecessors. For example, in an address to a Tokyo audience in November 2009, President Obama referred to himself as “America’s first Pacif...
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Recently, within Indonesia’s strategic circles there has emerged a growing perception—and with it, a sense of frustration—over the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), long a cornerstone of Indonesia’s foreign policy, as an impediment to Indonesia’s evolution from a regional power to becoming a major player in global affairs. With episod...
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The observation of a rising Asia and its rapidly growing economic powerhouses has become a truism. These impressive economic development stories provide the backbone for the growing political assertiveness in the region. Asia's economic prowess is rapidly being transferred onto the diplomatic stage. In the light of these larger developments, the au...
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Australians have been known to agonize over their engagement with Asia. To shift its abiding Asia-anxiety, Foreign Minister Gareth Evans suggested in the early 1990s that it was time for Australia to “seek security with Asia rather than from it.” How has this predicament of belonging influenced and shaped Australian engagement with Asian regionalis...
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Critically surveying the power of narratives in shaping the discourse on the post-Cold War Asia Pacific, See Seng Tan examines the purposes, practices, power relations, and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. The author argues that, filled...
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The role that peer pressure plays in efforts by member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in socializing a reluctant or recalcitrant member(s) toward a diplomatic posture or policy position has been noted but not systematically addressed in the existing literature. Given that the decision-making in ASEAN has traditionally...
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Should Linda Quayle ever feel the need to re-title her fine book, Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations, it might just read, The English School: Southeast Asia Strikes (or, more appropriately, Talks Back!). The aim of Quayle’s book is to bring the “English School” (ES) of International Relations (IR) — its key assumptions...
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Michael Leifer’s passing over a decade ago has done little to diminish the force of his scholarly ideas and their continued relevance to the study of regional order and security of contemporary Southeast Asia. Leifer’s intellectual influence is apparent in the way analysts of different theoretical persuasions continue to grapple with and debate ove...
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This article looks at the regionalization of defense relations in Southeast Asia from the Cold War to the present. The evolution of defense cooperation involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and their dialogue-partner countries has been impressive, with the formation of the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and...

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