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Asia Pacific Security and Regional Integration

The following web page contains a selection of articles, book chapters and papers written by Professor Amitav Acharya.  They are meant for research purposes only.  These materials should NOT be cited without the expressed permission of the author.


“Can Asia lead? Power ambitions and global governance in the twenty-first century,” International Affairs, (2011), Vol. 87, No. 4: 851–869.

“Engagement or Entrapment? Scholarship and Policymaking on Asian Regionalism,” International Studies Review, (2011), Vol. 13: 12–17.

“Asia Is Not One,” The Journal of Asian Studies, (November, 2010), Vol. 69, No. 4: 1001–1013.

“Democracy or death? Will democratisation bring greater regional instability to East Asia?” The Pacific Review, (2010) Vol. 23, No. 3: 335-358.

“Why Asian Regionalism Matters,” World Politics Reviews, (June 1, 2010): 2-5.

Arabinda Acharya (co-author), “The Myth of the Second Front: Localizing the ‘War on Terror’ in Southeast Asia, The Washington Quarterly, (Autumn 2007), Vol. 30 No. 4: 75–90.

“Constructing Security and Identity in Southeast Asia,” Interview with the Author published by the Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol.11, No.2 (Winter-Spring 2006), 155-164.

“How Ideas Spread: Whose Norms Matter? Norm Localization and Institutional Change in Asian Regionalism,” International Organization, (Spring 2004), Vol. 58: 239–275.

“Will Asia's Past Be Its Future?” International Security, (Winter 2003/2004), Vol. 28, No. 3: 149-164.

“Democratisation and the prospects for participatory regionalism in Southeast Asia,” Third World Quarterly, (2003), Vol 24, No 2: 375–390.

"Southeast Asia: Imagining the region,” HIMAL, (January 2003).

“Ideas, identity, and institution-building: From the 'ASEAN way' to the 'Asia-Pacific way'?”The Pacific Review, (1997), Vol 10 No. 3: 319-346.

Book Chapters

 “Theoretical Perspectives on International Relations in Asia,” International Relations in Asia, David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda (editors), (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008), chapter 3.

Arabinda Acharya (co-author), “Kashmir in the International System,” Kashmir: New Voices, New Approaches, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu, Bushra Asif and Cyrus Samii (editors), (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006), chapter 10.


“ASEAN 2030: Challenges of Building a Mature Political and Security Community,” Revised Version of a Paper Prepared for the Conference on “ASEAN 2030: Growing Together for Shared Prosperity”, Organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute, 11-12 July 2011, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

“ASEAN Institutional Reform and Strengthening,” Asian Development Bank Institute.

“ASEAN’s Progress and Perils.”

“The ASEAN Regional Forum: Confidence-Building,”Draft Report: PWGSC Contract 041.08011-6-1610/01-SS.

“Asia’s Competing Communities and Why Asian Regionalism Matters.”

“Asian Regional Institutions and the Possibilities for Socializing the Behavior of States,” Asian Development Bank, (May 2011).

“Asian Regional Institutions and the Possibilities for Socializing the Behavior of States,” Asian Development Bank, June 2011, No. 82.

“China’s Monroe Doctrine? Implications for US Policy,” Seminar at Harvard Asia Centre, 16 March 2004, Revised: 22 June 2004. 

"Conditional Engagement", "Rules of Behaviour" and Pacific Security Relations: ASEAN Security Interests and Response.”

“Containment, Engagement, or Counter-Dominance?  Malaysia's Response to the Rise of Chinese Power,” Revised Version of Paper Prepared for the Project on "Engaging China", Fairbank Centre for East Asian Studies, Harvard University, (May 30-31, 1997).

“Culture, Regionalism and Southeast Asian Identity,” Paper Presented in the International Workshop on Popular Culture, Cultural Policy and Cultural Industry in East and Southeast Asia, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 1, 2008.

“Debating Asian Regionalism.”

“Debating Asian Regionalism: Conceptual and Policy Issues.”

“Democracy and International Relations in Asia,” This paper is based on the author’s presentation to the Conference on “The Experiment with Democracy in East and Southeast Asia: Two Decades After,” Centre for Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong, 2-3 May, 2008.

“Democracy and Participatory Regionalism in Southeast Asia,” Keynote Speech to 5th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference, Political regimes, growth politics and conflict in Asia Responses to changing environmental, economic and socio-cultural conditions Stockholm University 21-24 November 2011.

“Democratization and the Prospects for Participatory Regionalism in Southeast Asia.” This paper is an attempt to revisit an earlier work (Acharya, 1992).

“Democratization and Regional Stability in Southeast Asia: A Concept Paper for Comparative Study.”

“East Asia’s Arrested Multilateralism.”

“East Asia’s New Multilateralism: Hopes and Illusions,” Based on lectures at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 23 February 2007 and Hong Kong University, 12 February 2007. The original title of the talk was "East Asia's Arrested Multilateralism". Portions of the text draws from an article by the author published in Korea Observer in Autumn 2006.

“Foundations of Collective Action in Asia: Theory and Practice of Regional Cooperation,” Asian Development Bank Institute, (February 2012), No. 344.

“The Future of Asian Security Order: Confucius and Kautilya Meet Kant,” Revised draft of Keynote Speech Delivered at Conference on “Still the Asian Century”, University of Birmingham, 10-12 September 2008.

“Ideas, Identity, and Institution-Building: Making Sense of the "Asia Pacific Way," An earlier version of this paper was prepared for the Conference on "National Strategies in the Asia-Pacific: The Effects of Interacting Trade, Industrial, and Defense Policies", organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research and the Center for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, March 28-29, 1996, Monterey, California.

“Identity Without Exceptionalism: Challenges for Asian Political and International Studies,” Keynote Address to the Inaugural Workshop of the Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA), 1-2 November, 2001, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“Imagining Southeast Asia.”

“The Imagined Community of East Asia,”Paper presented at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Conference of the Korean Association of International Studies (KAIS) on Global East Asia and the Future of Two Koreas”, 12th – 13th May 2006, The Shilla, Seoul. Published as “The Imagined Community of East Asia,” Korea Observer,vol.37, no.3 (Autumn 2006), 407-421.

“The “Indianization of Southeast Asia” Revisited: Initiative, Adaptation and Transformation in Classical Civilizations.”

"Internal" Security and Alliance Formation: the Persian Gulf, 1979-1980.”

“The Limitations of Mainstream International Relations Theories for Understanding the Politics of Forced Migration,” Lecture at Centre for International Studies, Oxford University, (October 27, 2008).

“Making Multilateralism Work: The ASEAN Regional Forum and Security in the Asia-Pacific.”

“The "New World Order" and International Security After the Gulf War: An Assessment,” India Quarterly.

William T. Tow (co-author), “Obstinate or obsolete? The US alliance structure in the Asia–Pacific,” (Working Paper 2007/4), Australian National University.

“Preventive Diplomacy: Issues and Institutions in the Asia Pacific Region,” Paper Presented to the Eighth Asia-Pacific Roundtable, Kuala Lumpur, June 6-8, 1994.

“Promoting Human Security: Ethical, Normative and Educational Frameworks in South-East Asia,” (UNESCO 2007).

“Regional Blocs and Economic Security: ASEAN, APEC, EAEG,” Prepared for Presentation at the XVth World Congress of the International Political Science Association, July 21-25, Buenos Aires.

“Security: Common, Cooperative and Comprehensive: Asia-Pacific Security Concepts in the Post-Cold War Era.”

“The Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Treaty.”

“Terrorism, the War on Terror and the Asia Pacific Security,” This paper is based on notes for a lecture delivered as part of the Murdoch University Asia Research Centre’s Public Seminar Series on “Conflict, Security and PoliticalRegimes in Asia”, 17 June 2004.

“Theoretical Perspectives on International Relations in Asia,” Draft Paper for the Conference on International Relations in Asia: The New Regional System,” George Washington University, 27-29 September 2007.