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Economic Security in the Mekong Subregion
Dr Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit Assistant Professor and Head of Centre for Multilateralism Studies
Dr Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit
This paper examines the roles of economic security in affecting the Mekong subregional governance. It aims at answering a broad research question: “How does economic security shape international cooperation outcomes?” My argument is that the fact that regional states’ economic security is undermined or threatened by more powerful external actors triggers their desires to band together and restore such security. Using the Ayeyawady-Chao Phraya-Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS) as a case study, I show how this grouping’s development has been influenced by economic security of CLMTV. Insights from this study not only enhance our understanding of the dynamics between economic security and subregional governance, but also help policymakers gauge the future directions of subregional cooperation and coin effective policy responses.
|Theme:||Country and Region Studies / International Political Economy / International Politics and Security / Regionalism and Multilateralism|
|Region:||Southeast Asia and ASEAN|