How does the norm on non-interference affect peace in East Asia?

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The question of interference and non-interference has been at the heart of the theory of international relations, especially the study of ASEAN and Northeast Asian politics and security. There has not been much consensus in the debate on the merits of interference. While it has been suggested that lowering borders can bring peace as it did in Western Europe after the Second World War, respect for sovereignty, which includes the principle of non-interference in domestic affairs, has been seen as a source of stability in the post-Westphalian world order. Finally, it has been suggested that regardless of its merits in the prevention of conflict, interference could be useful if it prevented state repression of vulnerable citizens and offered human security and humanitarian intervention in genocidal state practices. This article explicates the East Asian concept of non-interference, looks at the merits and problems in interference and finally concludes by referring to statistical evidence that the practice of non-interference in East Asia has been crucial for the near-disappearance of battle deaths in the region after 1979.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1169
JournalAsian Survey
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


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