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n°17 - Positionnement des États sud-est asiatiques face à la guerre en Ukraine : analyse médiatique d’un large spectre de neutralités

Couverture Note n°17Emma Josso
IRASEC, Bangkok
November 2022, 23 p.
Langue française French Text

On the 24th of February 2022, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine further deepened global geopolitical divisions. Despite the escalation of the conflict, much of the world, particularly in Africa and Asia, maintains a position of neutrality. This is the case for the majority of Southeast Asian countries, whose regional organization, the ASEAN, was built upon the concept of neutrality. However, a more precise analysis of the positions taken by each country reveals a wide spectrum of neutralities. These neutralities, which have historical and political backgrounds but are also motivated by strategic and economic interests, are flexible to each context and are challenged by the tangible consequences of the war in the region. This note aims to decrypt and explain the forms of neutrality adopted by Southeast Asian countries regarding the war in Ukraine based on a daily monitoring of regional newspapers between the beginning of the war and September 2022.

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Emma Josso studied history and geography at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, then international relations at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in Strasbourg, where she wrote a thesis on Thailand’s borders with Cambodia and Burma, before completing an internship at IRASEC in May-August 2022.