ASEAN in the Conflict Management of the Rohingya Crisis
Keywords:ASEAN, Rohingya, Conflict Management, Non-Interference, South-East Asia
This paper explores the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in managing the Rohingya conflict in Myanmar with a focus on ASEAN’s non-interference principle and avoidance of the use of force, as well as the various factors that have influenced its handling of the conflict. The paper argues that while ASEAN has been criticized for its passive approach to the conflict, the organization’s calculations of cost and benefit and its consideration of various checked and balanced elements have influenced its decision-making. However, given the urgency and importance of the Rohingya conflict, this paper suggests that ASEAN should take a more proactive approach to managing the conflict, including a reevaluation of its non-interference principle, the establishment of a specialized conflict management office, and maintaining good relations with Myanmar.
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