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Problems faced by ASEAN in dealing with transnational drug smuggling in Southeast Asia region

Rendi Prayuda (Department of Islamic Politics, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Tulus Warsito (Department of Islamic Politics, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Surwandono (Department of Islamic Politics, University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 31 December 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to study the factors that caused The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) security regime to be ineffective in saving transnational drug smuggling, including the internalization of non-optimal values and norms of the ASEAN Drug-Free Declaration.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses primary data and secondary data. Data analysis and observation are carried out simultaneously, where data are analyzed directly after it is obtained using descriptive analysis. Interactive data analysis is carried out at the initial step by collecting primary and secondary data. Data are analyzed inductively by drawing conclusions from data obtained from general views to specifics.

Findings

The development of ASEAN has led to the idea of “ASEAN Way,” namely, the ASEAN security forum to eliminate the use of force in maintaining relations between member countries through the dissemination of agreed values. Multilateral negotiations refer to the establishment of a negotiation regime at the ASEAN level that emphasizes the interests of ASEAN member countries in determining agreements relating to transnational drug crimes. There are several inhibiting factors in the negotiation process, namely, perception differences between ASEAN countries on the threat of drug smuggling in the Southeast Asia region and the differences of ASEAN leaders’ priorities and agenda.

Originality/value

The originality/authenticity of research is analyzing the factors that affect the ASEAN security system in transnational protection policies by using two models, namely, the international level negotiation model and one at the national level in the form of ratification of ASEAN international relations related to drug smuggling. At present, transnational crimes, especially drug smuggling, appear and pose a threat to national and international security. The object of this research is ASEAN international organizations in cases of transnational drug smuggling.

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Citation

Prayuda, R., Warsito, T. and , S. (2021), "Problems faced by ASEAN in dealing with transnational drug smuggling in Southeast Asia region", Foresight, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 353-366. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-12-2019-0106

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