ASEAN ‘Centrality’ and the Indo-Pacific Regional Construct

The Region
23 OCT 2018

ASEAN ‘Centrality’ and the Indo-Pacific Regional Construct

Having abandoned his predecessors “Asian pivot” – including its economic manifestation, membership of the Trans Pacific Partnership - at the APEC Summit (followed by the East Asia Summit) in November 2017, US President Donald Trump revived the Quad(tripartite) Security Forum between Australia, India, Japan and the United States. At the same time he made his own Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s concept of the Indo-Pacific region, a terminology that French President Emmanuel Macron, in visits to India and Australia in March and May 2018, appropriated to underpin France’s middle power role. While most observers argued that these developments formed part of an effort to contain China, from the perspective of this paper, the most significant implication is their impact on both ASEAN’s cohesiveness as a regional association and its much vaunted centrality in regional integration in Asia. This research project addresses the question to what extent is the Association of Southeast Asia’s (ASEAN’s) centrality and cohesiveness challenged by the emergence of an Indo-Pacific regional construct, as the latest Asian regional paradigm. It seeks to examine this development in the context of the longue duréé in the relations of ASEAN members with the four countries concerned: Australia, India, Japan and the United States.

Speaker(s)
Camroux, David

Dr David Camroux is Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI). At Sciences Po he is ... [read more]