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Measuring 'Asean Centrality': Network Analysis of the Asia-Pacific Region's Foreign Trade Relations
Vladimirova Alina V.

Lecturer at the National Research University "The Higher School of Economics" 

107031, Russia, g. Moscow, ul. Rozhdestvenka, 12





The article is devoted to the role of The Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the Asia-Pacific region (APR). In her article Vladimirova explains the political discourse term 'Asean centrality' that is used to express the idae of the regional leadership of ASEAN. The fact that the author has chosen to study this particular topic contributes to her choosing the network analysis as the main research method providing that it allows to calculate centrality ratios fo the region's states and to compare them. The author of the article analyzes drawbacks and benefits of existing network ASEAN models and offers her own calculation model. Even though her hypothesis about Asean centrality in APR's trade networks hasn't been proved, the analysis has demonstrated that ASEAN states play a highly important role in the region. In addition, the author fixes and verifies the growth trend in Vietnam's centrality which has never been mentioned in previous models. The research is based on international trade data for the period since 1996 till 2015 published by The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

Keywords: APAC, ASEAN centrality, macroeconomic models, Vietnam, international relations, statistics, international trade, network analysis, Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN



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