A systemic perspective on regional integration after the end of the Cold War

Sanen Marshall (2005) A systemic perspective on regional integration after the end of the Cold War. Asia Europe Journal, 3 (3). pp. 347-360. ISSN 1612-1031


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This paper explains the systemic pressures on states in Europe and Southeast Asia to broaden their alliances after the end of the Cold War, and how expansion impacts on regional integration. Inter-state cooperation is still very much the basis of regional integration. In Europe, states will scuttle attempts at deepening integration if this threatens their security, as the recent political impasse in the European Union reveals. In Southeast Asia, by contrast, the threat to the security of states arises from their failure to deepen economic integration in order to survive an anarchic world financial system. This failure is due to entrenched internal constraints that prevents closer inter-state cooperation and the pooling of sovereignty. Thus, while attempts to move into the area of political union will be resisted by states eager to maintain their sovereignty, the inability to advance into the area of monetary union can only lead to demise of states.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Cold War, perspective, regional integration, Europe, Southeast Asia, impact
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2013 14:53
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 13:09
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/6769

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