Contemporary Southeast Asia

This journal of international and strategic affairs focuses on domestic politics, international affairs and regional security in the Asia-Pacific environment through news and analysis of trends and events.

Articles from Vol. 20, No. 1, April

ASEAN: Out of Its Depth?
For the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the past year - coinciding with its thirtieth anniversary - has been perhaps the most difficult since its inception. The incorporation of Myanmar was controversial in the eyes of those who opposed...
Australia's Regional Engagement
As we approach the twenty-first century, Australia's train of interests are far-flung and diverse. The historical origins and cultural roots of most of its people lie in Europe, its primary strategic alliance is with the United States, its primary security...
Mechanisms of Dispute Settlement: The ASEAN Experience
Introduction Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made its mark in the international community as a successful sub-regional grouping. Its success can be said to lie in its ability to cope reasonably...
Political Parties, Elite-Mass Gap and Political Instability in Hong Kong
Introduction Political parties constitute either an "intermediary institution" between the government and ordinary citizens, or a link in the "elite-mass gap".(1) By aggregating and representing the interests of citizens, political parties not only...
Towards a Declaration on "Navigational Rights" in the Sea-Lanes of the Asia-Pacific
Introduction As part of the overall process of implementing confidence-building measures (CBMs) in the Asia-Pacific region much attention has been devoted to maritime security and the need to expand and strengthen inter-state co-operation in that domain....