US STRATEGIES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: ANALYSIS ON THE US MEGA-REGIONALISM AND ASEAN

Adhi Cahya Fahadayna

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Abstract

This paper will discuss the US regionalism agenda towards ASEAN. ASEAN as the Southeast Asia only regional organizations has significant implications for US trade and economic agenda. This paper will try to understand what is the current policies that the US policymakers enforce in the Southeast Asia. This article will focus on multilateral diplomacy that the US has implemented and what the impact towards US interest in Southeast Asia. Additionally, it will discuss the future and prospect of ASEAN towards US regionalism agenda, more importantly with the rise of the Chinese economy. This paper also will try to find the significance of ASEAN towards the US regional initiatives to contend Chinese domination in Asia. This article will be using latest literature review this paper will focus on the current issue and provide critical approach on how ASEAN respond in the US agenda. More importantly to show what the direct impact of US regional agenda toward ASEAN, and vice versa. This paper will use SWOT analysis to underline the primary strategy of the US and significance of the ASEAN. This paper also uses qualitative data analysis for support the recommendation and analyses the future of ASEAN.

Keywords: US Mega-regionalism, ASEAN, economic, trade and multilateral diplomacy

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