Regionalism In International Relations

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Vargas, Maritoni L. September 12, 2014
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Cooperation has been a vital technique in the international relations to achieve their goals. According to Hemmer and Katzenstein (2002), Regionalism and its effects to the countries are essential in the international politics (p. 575). Regionalism is defined as “consciousness of and loyalty to a distinct region with a homogeneous population” (“Regionalism”, n.d.). It suggests a relationship that requires the commitment of each states with each other and most especially to their region. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an international organization that seeks to promote economic, social, and cultural development among its member states. However, ASEAN has pushed
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2). This explains that every part of the society possesses respective roles and function that can immediately cause transitions in the society. As an integration theory, functionalism in the international relations is defined as an international cooperation that sustains the needs of the people and state. One of the proponents of this theory is David Miltrany. He proposed the inevitable formation of a group-nation that will secure cooperation, loyalty and cohesion among the members of the group that is essential to its existence (Alexdrescu, 2007). This cooperation among the states has provided different mutual benefits and advantages. Since, ASEAN is regional group it has provided efficient benefits to its member…show more content…
However, there are a lot of conflicts happen around the world that include the other member-states of the region. The diplomatic and political benefit that was explained by Kurus in his article is not applicable in the current situation of the territorial disputes in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea. According to Barta and Tejada (2014), said that during the ASEAN Summit in Myanmar, the organization has failed to take the issue of China regarding its territorial disputes among the other Southeast Asian countries. One of the country involved I the disputes is the Philippines. There is a failure on having a united position regarding the territorial disputes. The political and diplomatic benefits of ASEAN is not applicable because the member-states in the region do not have a common agreement on what will be the response to these disputes. China has been an economic partners of other ASEAN countries as well as the ASEAN itself. Some are not willing in “antagonizing” with China because it may affect their economic relationship (Keck, 2014). Unlike to the situation in the Vietnam-Cambodian Conflict and Thailand being affected by the Vietnamese invasion in Cambodia is a very different scenario from the conflict in the West Philippines Sea or South China Sea (Kurus, 2014, p. 824). The conflict encompasses only
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