The great ASEAN Rorschach test

Mark Beeson

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Why do serious scholars come to such different conclusions about the significance and effectiveness of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations? This article responds by a recent article by Richard Stubbs and argues that even some of the best 'proponents' of ASEAN see what they want to see in Southeast Asia's heterogeneous politics and diplomacy, and understate the criticisms made by skeptics. Indeed, ASEAN provides an academic Rorschach test that often reveals as much about the analyst as it does about organization itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574-581
Number of pages8
JournalPacific Review
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020


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