By William T. Tow, Chin Kin Wah

India's emergence of a very good strength has sensitized its neighborhood neighbours to its starting to be position as a key protection actor in an more and more interdependent international. either Australia and ASEAN now view India as a huge participant within the formula and alertness in their personal huge protection agendas. This rising trilateral compendium is very obvious in such coverage components as maritime safeguard, weather swap, power defense, legislation enforcement, "good governance" and the politics of safeguard associations or "architectures". This e-book represents one of many first systematic efforts to consolidate those varied yet very important matters into an overarching framework for ascertaining and cross-comparing how those 3 entities are forthcoming those coverage demanding situations, separately and jointly. It argues that the dynamics underlying their intensifying protection kinfolk are sufficiently vital to conceptualize them as a unique analytical framework that should be understood within the higher context of Asia-Pacific safety politics.

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Yet widely-trumpeted Asian collective institutional norms have thus far failed to take precedence over the sovereign prerogative motivations of Asian states. Meanwhile, the strategic environment in this part of the world is becoming more demanding and complex as the persistence of traditional security concerns — such as weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation, regional flashpoints, and the prospects of a destabilizing arms race — has been complicated by the increasing range of non-traditional security challenges, including international terrorism, environmental issues, and disease-based threats.

The growing economic and security footprints of not only a rising India, but also of Australia and New Zealand in East Asia, were equally compelling considerations for counting them in. India’s addition can be perceived from an ASEAN vantage point as the incorporation of a crucial “western” wing to the regional architecture, serving to underline the geographic meaning of Southeast Asia as a region South of China and East of India: two external Asian powers increasingly looked upon as the new growth engines for ASEAN — given their impressive economic growth rates.

Indd 13 9/30/09 5:19:27 PM 14 William T. Tow and Brendan Taylor Towards Asian Security Architecture? Against those criteria, it cannot be said that authentic Asian “security architecture” currently exists. For a variety of reasons, nor can it be considered inevitable that it will necessarily materialize in the foreseeable future. First, definitions of what does or should constitute “region” in this part of the world remain fluid and highly contested. Efforts to circumvent this problem by referring to subregional “security architecture” — as has been suggested in the case of Northeast Asia — are unhelpful, in our view, given the high level of economic and strategic interdependence which is such a defining feature of security politics right across Asia.

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