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. 29, No. 2, August

Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar: A Review of the Lady's Biographies
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, popularly known in Myanmar as "the lady" or "Daw Suu", is considered the leader of the Myanmar pro-democracy movement by locals and foreigners alike. An Iraqi taxi driver I met in Gothenburg, Sweden, did not know where Myanmar...
Climate Change, Weak States and the "War on Terrorism" in South and Southeast Asia
On 29 April 1991, Cyclone Marian struck 110 miles off the southeast coast of Bangladesh. Over 139,000 people died, while millions were left homeless. The storm, described by a prominent Bangladeshi politician as "his country's Hiroshima and Nagasaki",...
Party Financing in Post-Soeharto Indonesia: Between State Subsidies and Political Corruption
Ever since the reintroduction of democratic rule in 1998, Indonesia's political parties have been the target of harsh criticism by the media, academic observers and the electorate. In opinion surveys, voters have invariably ranked parties among the...
Shipping Patterns in the Malacca and Singapore Straits: An Assessment of the Risks to Different Types of Vessel
Introduction Some media reports and even academic papers use incorrect or distorted information to support perceptions of threats from piracy and maritime terrorism in the Malacca and Singapore Straits. (1) A notorious example is the case of the...
The Decline of the Hegemonic Party System in Indonesia: Golkar after the Fall of Soeharto
Golkar, or Golongan Karya (Functional Group) was the "state party" during the Soeharto era (1966-98). It dominated Indonesian politics, making the political system a "hegemonic party system". Two other parties, namely the Partai Persatuan Pembangunan...
The United States and Its Allies: The Problem of Burma/Myanmar Policy
The debate on appropriate policies towards Myanmar amongst the United States and its allies is, at best, sotto voce. (1) It is a virtual murmur, heard in quiet circles but overpowered by peripheral and an acutely urgent and insistent policy cacophony...
Unlocking the Seabed Resources of the Gulf of Thailand
The Gulf of Thailand is a semi-enclosed arm of the South China Sea bounded by Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. In additional to 12 nautical mile (nm) breadth territorial seas, all the Gulf of Thailand littoral states have made claims to extended...
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