Asean's principle of non-interference : a case of indifference or flexibility.
Chua, Teng Hoe.
Date of Issue1999
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Since its inception, ASEAN has consistently professed its commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of its members. However, this cardinal principle has come under strain in the wake of a series of crises which brought to the surface, the limitation of the "ASEAN way" in tackling major regional problems. As it seeks to reconcile its established principles and traditions with new challenges arising from growing interdependence, ASEAN prefers an incremental approach which would not entail a complete abandoning of its tested practices and principles. This paper examines the underlying concerns of ASEAN towards the broadening of the interventionist framework, with particular reference to "flexible engagement". It argues that the crux of the matter is not so much about whether ASEAN should adopt a proactive approach to the internal affairs of member states, but how to do it.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
Nanyang Technological University