Academic journal article Journal of Southeast Asian Economies


Academic journal article Journal of Southeast Asian Economies


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for the best article published in

* ASEAN Economic Bulletin

* Contemporary Southeast Asia

* Sojourn: Social Issues in Southeast Asia

The Michael Leifer Memorial Prize is awarded by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in memory of the late Michael Leifer (1933-2001), Professor Emeritus in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the founding Director of the School's Asia Research Centre.

Professor Leifer has rightly been described as the doyen of Southeast Asian Studies. He wrote and edited over 20 books and published over 150 scholarly articles on the international relations and domestic politics of Southeast Asia. His analysis of contemporary regional developments reached a worldwide audience through his regular broadcasts over the BBC. At the LSE he nurtured a generation of Southeast Asianists from all over the world, most significantly from Southeast Asia itself. Many of them became prominent in academe, think-tanks, media and government. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the region was masterfully displayed in his Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia, which has gone through three editions. During one of his sojourns at ISEAS he brought his editorial skills to bear on the speedy publication of David Marshall's Letters from Mao's China. Professor Leifer's last book, Singapore's Foreign Policy: Coping with Vulnerabilities, remains an -unrivalled study on Singapore, the place that was his first steppingstone in a lifetime of academic journeying into Southeast Asian Studies. …

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