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. 28, No. 2, August

Buying an Income: The Market for Civil Service Positions in Indonesia
Indonesia has recently gone through a dramatic process of democratization, decentralization, and privatization. The fight against corruption has been an important element in the restructuring of society, at least as declared. Demands for law reforms...
India and Southeast Asia in the Age of Terror: Building Partnerships for Peace
In Asia the post-Cold War security discourse revolved mainly around concerns about a rising China, dangers of war in persisting regional flashpoints such as the Koreas, Taiwan, and Kashmir, among others. Many nations in the region also had to grapple...
Japan, ASEAN, and the Construction of an East Asian Community
Japan-ASEAN relations have been one of ambivalence. Perceptions differ among the elites and the ordinary folk of the different ASEAN states, ranging from animosity to pragmatic tolerance to admiration of the Japanese economic success. On the other...
Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia
Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia. By Meredith L. Weiss. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. Softcover: 324pp. Academic works on the role of the opposition in Malaysian politics are...
Russia and Southeast Asia: A New Relationship
Introduction: The Immediate Post-Soviet Period ASEAN leaders conceived of a post-Cold War regional order that would engage an emerging China while preventing Sino-Japanese conflict and locking in the United States. In this security structure Russia...
Singaporean Exceptionalism and Its Implications for ASEAN Regionalism
Singapore is an odd country. It is a city-state in a world of nation-states (Kwa 2002; Low 2002). It is in Southeast Asia but not, some might say, of Southeast Asia. Singaporean national identity, according to at least one prominent Singaporean scholar,...
Southeast Asian Perceptions of Australia's Foreign Policy
Australia's Asia-Pacific regional security policy has traditionally seen a balancing between two competing policy approaches, one of seeking protection from threats in the region by "great and powerful friends" and the other of greater engagement with...
Vietnam's ASEAN Membership Revisited: Golden Opportunity or Golden Cage?
In early 1991 I conducted a series of interviews in Jakarta with senior government officials and scholars on their perception of Indonesia's role in ASEAN. This was the twilight period between the end of the Cold War and an emerging new international...
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