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Security and sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific

Makinda, S.M. (2001) Security and sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 23 (3). pp. 334-337.

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Security and state sovereignty need to be understood as two sides of the same coin. Without security, state sovereignty cannot be realized and vice versa. Security and state sovereignty are part of the global understandings, institutions, and rules that are continually being negotiated by global actors, including those in the Asia-Pacific region. While some analysts and policy-makers have claimed that state sovereignty is absolute, indivisible, and inalienable, the transitional societies of Cambodia and East Timor have demonstrated that sovereignty can be shared among several entities, including the United Nations. Moreover, developments in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere show that states, international organizations, and other global actors continue to redefine the meanings and understandings of security and sovereignty in their interactions with one another.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Politics and International Studies
Publisher: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Copyright: © 2001 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
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Notes: "Security and Sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific" by Samuel M. Makinda first appeared in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol 23, No 3, December 2001, pp. 334-337. Posted here with the kind permission of the publisher, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
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