ASEAN 281 – Special Topics [Peace and Security in the ASEAN]

Course Title: Special Topics [Peace and Security in the ASEAN]

Prerequisites: None

Number of Units: 3

Course Description: This is a special topics course that focuses on the various security challenges that exist within the ASEAN region. It tackles theories, contexts, and processes to uncover the dynamics of these challenges and their resolution. Moreover, it seeks to advance an understanding of the progress and constraints to achieve the vision of the ASEAN Political and Security Community (APSC).

Course Objectives:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • define ASEAN’s interest in regional peace and security from the viewpoint of its member-states;
  • familiarize theories in relation to peace and security within the context of the ASEAN region;
  • identify and analyze changes in the motivations, norms, and values for peace and security in ASEAN;
  • examine threats and opportunities in ASEAN geopolitics in relation to East Asia and the global situation;
  • assess the capacity and resources available for conflict prevention and resolution within ASEAN and in relation to its neighbors in the Asia Pacific;
  • review previous and ongoing mechanisms, institutions, and processes on peace-building in ASEAN and in global geopolitics; and
  • propose innovations in policy, institutions, and mechanisms as steps forward to secure ASEAN peace and security.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Southeast Asia in the Post-Independence and Cold War Period
Module 2: Territorial Disputes and Interstate Conflicts in ASEAN Region
Module 3: Terrorism and Transnational Crime in Southeast Asia
Module 4: ASEAN and Non-Traditional Security Challenges
Module 5: Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building Processes in ASEAN
Module 6: ASEAN and Multilateral Dialogue in the Asia-Pacific Region

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