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. 26, No. 1, April

Australia's Strategic Identity Post-September 11 in Context: Implications for the War against Terror in Southeast Asia
Introduction: Factors that Shape Australia's National Identity and Strategic Posture The national character and demographic composition of Australia is central to understanding the nation and, by extension, its strategic posture. (1) Australia's...
Forging an ASEAN Identity: The Challenge to Construct a Shared Destiny
Introduction: An Evolving Regional Identity In the last two decades, the world has seen the deepening of regional integration agreements among nations. The European Union, the most successful case of regional integration, has succeeded in creating...
Indonesia's Non-State Actors in ASEAN: A New Regionalism Agenda for Southeast Asia?
Introduction Since its inception in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has experienced both major achievements and setbacks. Its agenda of regional integration has been expanded to embrace wider issues, ranging from security...
Malaysia's National Security: Rhetoric and Substance
Introduction Security is an ambiguous concept. It has different meanings for different people, including decision-makers who formulate national policies. (1) Thus, the question "What is national security?" opens the floodgates of contending opinions....
Minding the Gaps: The Bush Administration and U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations
Introduction: The Implications of Initial Bush Administration Policies for U.S.-Southeast Asia Relations Bold foreign and security policy pronouncements and actions by the incoming U.S. administration, the subsequent terrorist attacks on the World...
Post-Crisis Restructuring: Foreign Ownership, Corporate Resistance and Economic Nationalism in Thailand
Introduction The IMF prescriptions attached to the rescue loans agreed with Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand during 1997 involved substantial and immediate liberalization, particular]y of controls over foreign ownership, reform of corporate...
Southeast Asia and China: The Role of History and Culture in Shaping Future Relations
Introduction: China's Regional Ambitions China has strategic interests and goals that it is determined to pursue, even in the face of U.S. opposition. (1) These are summed up in the two phrases that recur again and again in discussions with Chinese...
Thaksin and the Politics of Domestic and Regional Consolidation in Thailand
Introduction: Thai Politics and Foreign Policy (1988-2001) Chatichai Choonhavan's election and subsequent appointment as Prime Minister of Thailand in August 1988 marked a major turning point in Thai domestic politics and foreign policy. Despite...