This paper compares the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in managing inter-state conflicts in their respective regions. It argues that ASEAN - despite its weak formal mandate to resolve conflicts - has been more effective in enhancing regional security and order, albeit in an indirect way. SAARC, on the other hand, has yet to take off and contribute towards the creation of a predictable and orderly regional environment. The paper identifies and explains the significant factors that have helped or hindered ASEAN and SAARC in addressing and dealing with regional conflicts.
Working Paper No. 33 (series 2), London, UK; Crisis States Research Centre, 31 pp.