Nationalist sentiments and perceived threats

Public opinion in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore and implications to the establishment of ASEAN community

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Abstract

Inspired by the success of European initiative of integrating Western Europe, ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) commenced their ASEAN Vision 2020 in 1997 to build an ASEAN Community which is broad minded; living peacefully, steady, and prosperous; bounded together in a partnership and in a dynamic development in a caring community. Yet, the formation process of ASEAN Community has never seriously taken the nationalist sentiments into its consideration. This article examines the result of public opinion surveys regarding nationalist and perceived threat sentiments of the public in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore in five dimensions – chauvinistic, reactive, economic, consumer and perceived threats. The study finds that the extent of nationalist sentiments is quite high and that it is neighbouring countries that were perceived to pose threats to national sovereignty. Thus, the study argues that these sentiments need to be examined and carefully managed because they may influence the success of regional integration as it goes against international relations and integration initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-108
Number of pages50
JournalTamkang Journal of International Affairs
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

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Keywords

  • ASEAN community
  • Nationalism sentiments
  • Perceived threat sentiments
  • Public opinion survey
  • Regional integration

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  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Strategy and Management

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