Avoidance and Consensus Building in the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN): The Path Towards a New 'ASEAN Way'

Entelequia: Revista Interdisciplinar, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 121-138, 2011

19 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2011

Date Written: January 4, 2011

Abstract

The present study provides an assessment of the present dispute resolution system in use in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Avoidance and consensus building are identified as the two prevalent methods of dealing with conflict used by the organization and their advantages and disadvantages are explained. Based on the results of the assessment, the second part of the study presents a proposed new “ASEAN Way” which tackles the disadvantages of the old system while taking into consideration the resources, skills, and constraints of the organization. In summary the proposed dispute resolution system increases the opportunities to use interest based methods while respected core organizational principles such as confidentiality and a bias for avoiding open confrontation.

Keywords: Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, consensus, diplomacy

JEL Classification: F53, N45

Suggested Citation

von Feigenblatt, Otto Federico, Avoidance and Consensus Building in the Association of Southeast Asian States (ASEAN): The Path Towards a New 'ASEAN Way' (January 4, 2011). Entelequia: Revista Interdisciplinar, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp. 121-138, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1801547

Otto Federico Von Feigenblatt (Contact Author)

Catholic University of New Spain ( email )

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Miami, FL 33130
United States

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