Professor Mark Beeson
The University West Australia, Perth, Australia
Professor Mark Beeson from the University of Western Australia considers whether the role of regional multilateral institutions is underpinning security. Have institutions such as ASEAN and the ASEAN Regional Forum played a necessary part in promoting regional peace, or are wider systemic factors at work? Does the very definition of the region in question make a difference when trying to understand such issues? In an effort to understand this last question the possible role and development of the ‘Indo-Pacific’ region is assessed.
Mark Beeson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Western Australia. Before rejoining UWA in 2015, he taught at Murdoch, Griffith, Queensland, York (UK) and Birmingham, where he was also head of department. Mark’s work is centred on the politics, economics and security of the broadly conceived Asia-Pacific region. He is the author of more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, and the founding editor of Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific (Palgrave). Recent books include, Institutions of the Asia-Pacific: ASEAN, APEC and Beyond, (Routledge, 2009, Securing Southeast Asia: The Politics of Security Sector Reform, (with Alex Bellamy, Routledge, 2008), Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia: Politics, Security and Economic Development, (Palgrave, 2007), and edited collections Issues in 21st Century World Politics (with Nick Bisley, Palgrave), and The Routledge Handbook of Asian Regionalism, Routledge (with Richard Stubbs).