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. 25, No. 3, December

A Glass Half Full: Indonesia-U.S. Relations in the Age of Terror
Introduction In July 2003 five U.S. F-18 Hornets ventured too far into Indonesian airspace over Bawean Island in the Java sea and locked onto the Indonesian F-16s sent to intercept them. That the U.S. Ambassador, Ralph "Skip" Boyce, was summoned...
ASEAN, the Declaration on Conduct, and the South China Sea
Introduction On 4 November 2002 ASEAN signed a declaration on conduct in the South China Sea with China, which within ASEAN was regarded as a milestone. China had previously insisted on bilateral negotiations with the claimant states and had avoided...
Broadening Philippine-Australia Defence Relations in the Post 9/11 Era: Issues and Prospects
September 11 and the Spectre of Terrorism Since the terrorist Bali bombings in October 2002, Australia has been initiating various strategic initiatives to strengthen its web of bilateral defence relations in Southeast Asia. Canberra has signed...
The 2004 Presidential Elections in Indonesia: Much Ado about Nothing?
Is the Baggage of the Past Relevant? Indonesia's third president, B.J. Habibie, once described the Indonesian Presidency as the most important political office in the country. In October 1998, he opined that, "according to the rules of the game...
The ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement and East Asian Regional Grouping
Introduction In recent years there have been calls for institutionalized regional economic cooperation in East Asia, especially in the wake of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98. Two prominent proposals for an East Asian regional grouping attracted...
The Chinese (Broken) U-Shaped Line in the South China Sea: Points, Lines, and Zones
Introduction Since the emergence of international law in relation to land, air(space), and sea, points (or dots, dian), lines (xian), and zones (or planes, mian or qu), both real and imagined, have become of vital importance. The relation of points,...
The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Phenomenon in Singapore
Introduction The exposure of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) network in Singapore and the region, coming in the wake of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States and the 12 October 2002 Bali bombing, may have led some to think that...
U.S.-Malaysian Relations during the Bush Administration: The Political, Economic, and Security Aspects
Bilateral Relations during the Clinton Presidency In general, since Malaysia's independence in 1957, the United States and Malaysia have enjoyed cordial relations in trade, investment, defence, narcotics control, and cultural and educational exchanges....