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. 27, No. 3, December

Challenges of Globalization: Malaysia and India Engagement
Introduction India is not a major player in the global trading system because its share of total global trade is less than 1 per cent. Nonetheless, India's population base of over 1.07 billion and an expanding middle class of around 300 million...
Cultural Commodities and Regionalization in East Asia
Introduction Regional formation ideas and theories have existed before and throughout the twentieth century. (1) However, it was only after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of its bipolarized world system that ideas of regional formation...
Delegitimizing Global Jihadi Ideology in Southeast Asia
Introduction On 9 September 2004, two days away from the third anniversary of the September 11 al-Qaeda attacks in New York and Washington, DC, a terrorist bomb went off just outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Nine people were killed and...
Democracy in Cambodia-One Decade, US$5 Billion Later: What Went Wrong?
Introduction: Great Expectations After more than two decades of civil war, the opposing factions in Cambodia concluded in October 1991 the Paris peace accords, four separate but related agreements. One of those pacts, the "Agreement on a Comprehensive...
Non-Official Diplomacy in Southeast Asia: "Civil Society" or "Civil Service"?
Introduction Over a decade has passed since the phenomenon of non-official diplomacy emerged as a notable theme in the international affairs of Southeast Asia. (1) The emergence of unofficial diplomats from epistemic communities as well as "Track...
Politics in Command: The Case of the US Proposal for an FTA with the Philippines
Introduction On 11 March 2002 Senator Richard Lugar presented to the United States Congress Senate Bill 2004. The bill authorizes the American President to negotiate and conclude a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Republic of the Philippines....
The Management of Vietnam's Border Disputes: What Impact on Its Sovereignty and Regional Integration?
Introduction Vietnam's border disputes can be studied from various perspectives; this study focuses on the current status of the disputes, that is, whether the disputes are settled or not. Since some of the border disputes have been settled, the...
Transforming the Strategic Landscape of Southeast Asia
Introduction For too long, the study of Southeast Asian arms acquisitions has been asking the wrong question--whether or not there is a regional arms race. The typical regional answer, whether from policy-makers or analysts, has been a resounding...
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