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. 3, December

ASEAN Concord II: Policy Prospects for Participant Regional "Development"
With the ASEAN Concord H in late 2003, Southeast Asia charted an ambitious path towards creating a Community founded on economic, security and socio-cultural "pillars". But the ASEAN agenda remains highly voluntaristic, though there has been some progress...
ASEAN's Ninth Summit: Solidifying Regional Cohesion, Advancing External Linkages
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held its Ninth Summit in October 2003. The Summit, held in Bali, was notable for its announcement of an ASEAN Community, or Bali Concord II, which is to establish a security community, on economic...
Democratic Transition and Political Development in Post-Soeharto Indonesia
Introduction: The Difficult Path towards Democratization Indonesia is in a historic period of transition from authoritarian governance to laying the foundation for constitutional liberalism and a democratic political structure. The experiment has...
Japanese Anti-Piracy Initiatives in Southeast Asia: Policy Formulation and the Coastal State Responses
Introduction Maritime piracy concerns many nations, but it particularly alarms Japan, a state vitally dependent on the flow of resources through the pirate-infested waters of Southeast Asia. Although Japan possesses highly capable maritime forces,...
Myanmar's International Relations Strategy: The Search for Security
Introduction Myanmar's overarching search for national security is both political and economic, reflecting its tortuous modern history, colonial experience, and legacy of civil conflict since 1948, when the insurgencies of every major ethnic minority...
Southeast Asia in the Sino-U.S. Strategic Balance
Introduction Throughout much of the post-Gold War period, the dynamics of the Sino-U.S. relationship have been a critical factor in Southeast Asian states' foreign policies. Southeast Asia has traditionally been a site of great power competition...
U.S.-Thai Relations after 9/11: A New Era in Cooperation?
Three years ago, the United States and Thailand seemed headed for u more strained and distant relationship. U.S. policy-makers viewed Bangkok us increasingly insignificant while Thailand sought to move out of its traditional U.S. orbit and increasingly...