AVD Ep25: Regional Security Architecture in the Indo-Pacific: ASEAN and AUKUS
Guest Speaker: Dr. Digby James Wren, Senior Special Advisor to the Institute of International Relations of Cambodia, Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC)
Host: Ms. CHHOUN Sreynou
Since the end of the World War II and the Cold War, it was argued that states’ attention is shifted from security to economic development. States claim to be bound by international norms and law while aiming towards peace and prosperity. However, why do states still maintain their military? From what happened in Ukraine and many other countries that arm conflicts are still on going, it can be implied that security has always remained at the core of states survival, and it drives every step of policy decision both domestic and foreign policy.
For the last decades, we have seen a number of newly formed security alliances across the globe at the same of the advancement and promotion of the remaining security ties between the countries since their alliances during the war time. One of the most recent security alliance established in the Indo-Pacific region is the Australia-UK-US alliance or it is usually known as AUKUS.
This military alliance formation has sparked a lot of criticism and scepticism from actors in the international system. There have been endless debate and discussion about the intention and rationale beside this establishment, and who should feel threatened or nervous about this. However, the most obvious actors who will be impacted by such alliance are the people in the region including ASEAN.
Therefore, in this episode of Asian Vision Dialogue along with our speaker Dr. Digby James Wren, Senior Special Advisor to the Institute of International Relations of Cambodia, Royal Academy of Cambodia (RAC) will focus on the implications of regional security architecture specifically on ASEAN and the AUKUS.