Regional Organization and Regional Politics
Without external political/strategic pressures it is hard to imagine that regional cooperation in Southeast Asia would have taken the course it has. When we seek to account for the development of ASEAN, the task becomes even more formidable without reference to the influence of these pressures. Over the years they have forged among the ASEAN states a sense of unity which did not exist before. They have compelled the members to collectively confront and seek to influence the external world. Yet, many bilateral relations within ASEAN were such that none of this did come about easily, and it is to these intra-organisational obstacles of an essentially political nature I shall turn in this chapter.
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