The Role of ASEAN in Vietnam's territorial integrity protection since 1995
Territorial integrity is one of the most vital concerns to every nation all over the world in general and Vietnam in particular. As a regional organization, ASEAN has proved its own value in assisting its member states, including Vietnam to protect that national interest. This study aims at identifying the benefits that ASEAN membership can provide Vietnam in its efforts to protect its national territorial integrity. The main approach used in this study is the approach of constructivism in which the study will try to find out how Vietnam’s territorial integrity becomes a regional issue and in what aspects this process can positively affects Vietnam’s territorial integrity protection process. The main method used in this study is the discourse analysis in which the researcher will analyze 4 main types of documents: Documents of the National Party Congress of Vietnam; Official statements from ASEAN and prestigious magazines and journals. From results of this method, the study would point out the benefits that ASEAN membership can provide Vietnam’s territorial integrity that can be a good reference for policy makers in Vietnam- ASEAN integration policy deployment.
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