CANCELLED - COURSE: Regional Security in Southeast Asia and ASEAN

Course content

This course deals with dynamics of security in Southeast Asia and examines how Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plays a role for security in Southeast Asia. In addition to theoretical perspectives, case studies and comparative perspectives are involved in this course. Analysis based on international relations theories, in particular liberal institutionalism and constructivism, will be presented as theoretical foundations for analyzing the role of ASEAN. Case studies include issue areas for intra-ASEAN as well as extra-ASEN relations. The changing importance of non-interference policy, protection of human rights and non-traditional security cooperation, linkage of security and economic integration concern issues among the ASEAN member states with conflicting interests. Security institutions in Asia-Pacific and East Asia and South China Sea are issues involving ASEAN member states and other external players such as China and affecting security in Southeast Asia. Finally, comparative analysis method will be discussed with cases of other regional organizations in Asia and the ones in other region.


1. Introduction

2. History and overview on security in Southeast Asia and ASEAN

3. Theoretical perspectives: realism

3. Theoretical perspective: security regimes

4. Theoretical perspective: security community

5. Conflict prevention and peace among Southeast Asian countries

6. Case study: changing nature of non-interference policy

7. Case study: protection of human rights and civil society

8. Case study: non-traditional security cooperation

9. Case study: linkage of security and economic integration

10. Case study: security institutions in Asia-Pacific and East Asia

11. Case study: South China Sea

12. Comparative perspective: other regional organizations in Asia

13. Comparative perspective: regional organizations in other regions

14. Conclusion and summing up

The final content and structure will be adjusted according to the participants’ interests.



NOTE: The course will start on February 21 (Week 8)


Elective course in the Specialization "International Relations, Diplomacy and Conflict Studies"

Bachelorlevel: 10 ECTS

Masterlevel: 7,5 ECTS

Learning outcome


Students will obtain knowledge on background of security cooperation in Southeast Asia and understanding of theoretical approaches to analyze security dynamics in Southeast Asia.



Students will be able to analyze specific cases concerning security in Southeast Asia and present theoretical implication for other cases in this region, if possible, to those in other regions.



Students will be able to access the political context of specific conflicts in Southeast Asia and how relevant measures and policies of ASEAN are for managing the conflicts concerned and maintaining the regional order in Southeast Asia.

This course consists of lectures, student presentations and discussion.

The final list of primary and secondary texts will be available at the start of the course. The following books will be useful as basic textbooks.


Acharya, Amitav. (2001). Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order. London and New York: Routledge.

Collins, Allan (2003) Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Emmers, Ralf (2003). Cooperative Security and the Balance of Power in ASEAN and ARF. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Haacke, Jürgen (2003) ASEAN’s Diplomatic and Security Culture: Origins, Development and Prospects. London and New York; RoutledgeCurzon.

Jones, Lee (2012) ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Weatherbee, Donald E. (2010) International Relations in Southeast Asia: The Struggle for Autonomy. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

A basic knowledge of international relations theories and an interest in security in Asia

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment
  • Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
  • Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
  • Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • English
  • 28