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The third is to show in some depth how these interventions advanced the specific interests and ideologies identified in the chapters framing each historical period. The case studies selected for close study are, in the Cold War period, East Timor and Cambodia (Chapters 3 and 4), and in the post-Cold War period, Cambodia, East Timor and Burma (Chapters 6, 7 and 8). The case studies are not meant to be representative of ASEAN’s behaviour towards all states. As we shall see, ASEAN states frequently operate with a double standard, singling some states out for intervention while collaborating strongly with others.

18 ASEAN, Sovereignty and Intervention in Southeast Asia The dominant form in which sovereignty is expressed – the territorial nation-state – clearly enables and constrains particular social, economic and political projects, and thus carries significant consequences for the interests and strategies of different societal groups. To claim territorial sovereignty is to stake a claim to ultimate authority over a bounded space, all the people within it, and the flows across the borders implied in the claim.

As we shall see, ASEAN states frequently operate with a double standard, singling some states out for intervention while collaborating strongly with others. The case studies are intended to illustrate the highly selective operation of the non-interference principle in practice and thus to uncover its foundations as socio-political rather than strictly ‘normative’. Importantly, the basis of this selectivity is not simply whether target states are ASEAN members or not. The chapters reveal numerous instances of intra-ASEAN interventions.

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