PhD Thesis proposal

ASEAN Security Management in Maintaining Peace in Southeast Asia: An Analysis from 1999-2015

Doctoral Programme: International Politics and Conflict Resolution

Funding: FCT

Supervisor/s: Assistant Prof. Carmen Amado Mendes, PhD

Funding: FCT

This research aims is to understand how peace in Southeast Asia is constructed and maintained studying the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in facilitating or limiting security management in the region between 1999 and 2015. The main argument rests on the premise that Southeast Asia's multiple facets of diversity renders itself vulnerable to being unstable, however the region remains relatively peaceful. The research delves into ASEAN's influence in Southeast Asia's regional security environment and the extent of importance international law, external actors, allies and the characteristics of these countries have in explaining Southeast Asian peace. The research builds on the competing explanations of economic performance, nation building strategies, common identity and the ASEAN Way of noninterference and consensus-based decision-making, weaving bridges that connect the diverging perspectives on ASEAN's role in security management and its effectiveness in contributing to peace in Southeast Asia.