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Amongst the many that endorsed R2P in 2005 during the UN World Summit were the ASEAN states. Yet, R2P has enjoyed only lip service in Southeast Asia. A key factor behind this is the principle of non-interference, a key doctrine in the group’s worldview in inter-state relations. This chapter reviews the reasons for this lukewarm attitude towards R2P and where the ASEAN states stand over the issue of international intervention especially Libya and Syria. Notwithstanding the ambivalent reception to R2P in Southeast Asia, efforts are being made by scholars and think tanks to mainstream the concept within policy-making. Is a typology of R2P positions within ASEAN emerging?


Gulf cooperation council Cyclone nargis Rohingya ASEAN way Organisation of islamic cooperation (OIC) Five principles of peaceful co-existence Constructive engagement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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