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. 32, No. 3, December

Introduction: America's Bilateral Relations with Southeast Asia-Constraints and Promise
This special issue of Contemporary Southeast Asia examining United States bilateral relations with Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam, and specifically the mutual efforts at "rapprochement", "re-engagement" or "revitalization", is informed...
Prospects for Rapprochement between the United States and Myanmar
If rapprochement is defined as the establishment or resumption of harmonious relations, one must conclude that it is premature to apply this concept to the current state of relations between the United States and Myanmar. While the shift in US policy...
Rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States
Until 1995, the United States never enjoyed anything approaching "normal relations" with any government of Vietnam, either North or South, nor with the Vietnamese people themselves. The path to normal relations was strewn with obstacles that were emotional...
Rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States: A Response
Vietnam is perhaps the only country in the world to have engaged in so many intensive and marathon negotiations with the US over the past few decades. These include the Paris peace talks of 1968-73, negotiations on the normalization of bilateral diplomatic...
Timeline: US-Burma/Myanmar Relations
* 1947: The United States recognized Burmese independence, established an embassy in Rangoon and appointed the first ambassador to Burma in October. * 1948-53: The United States provided an economic assistance programme to Burma and covert support...
Timeline: US-Cambodia Relations
* 1954: The Geneva Conference produced an agreement that granted Cambodia independence from France. The United States, which had supported France in the First Indochina War, acknowledged but did not sign the agreement because of its ramifications to...
Timeline: US-Indonesia Relations
* 1945: Indonesian independence was declared on 17 August. The declaration marked the beginning of the Indonesian War of Independence, which lasted until 1949 when the Netherlands recognized Indonesian independence. The United States was among the...
Timeline: US-Vietnam Relations
* 1954: The French garrison at Dien Bien Phu surrendered to Viet Mirth forces on 7 May. The First Indochina War ended with the Geneva Agreements, signed by France and North Vietnam (Democratic Republic of Vietnam, DRV) but not by the United States...
United States-Myanmar Relations: On the Threshold of Rapprochement? A Response
Priscilla Clapp's article very clearly describes the pragmatic new US policy approach to Myanmar adopted by the Obama administration, and the very deep-seated obstacles in both countries that stand in the way of genuine rapprochement. The paper accurately...
US Rapprochement with Indonesia: From Problem State to Partner
US relations with Indonesia have undergone a dramatic rapprochement such that today officials in both countries claim relations are the best they have ever been. Only a decade ago, Washington viewed Indonesia as a problem state. At that time Indonesia...
US Rapprochement with Indonesia: From Problem State to Partner-A Response
Much has been made about the positive state of US-Indonesia ties. The election of Barack Obama as US President in 2008 and the promulgation of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement (CPA) has ushered in a new chapter in relations between the world's...
US Rapprochement with Laos and Cambodia
This study analyses the process of rapprochement in United States relations with Laos and Cambodia. It discusses the key domestic and international factors that influenced decision-making in Washington, Vientiane and Phnom Penh to initiate this process....
US Rapprochement with Laos and Cambodia: A Response
Professor Thayer cites three main areas of cooperation that have influenced US rapprochement with Laos: the Missing in Action/ Prisoner of War (MIA/POW) issue, reduction of opium production and counter-terrorism. As he rightly contends, the MIA issue...