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. 24, No. 2, August

Civilizing the Anarchical Society: Multilateral Security Processes in the Asia-Pacific
Introduction The Asia-Pacific has blossomed in recent decades. A steadily expanding number of regional countries began to record, and to sustain, very high rates of economic growth. By the mid-1990s, the Asia-Pacific had displaced the North Atlantic...
Dragon on Terrorism: Assessing China's Tactical Gains and Strategic Losses after 11 September
Introduction The U.S.-led war on terrorism, in the aftermath of the attacks on 11 September 2001, has radically altered the strategic landscape and ushered in new geopolitical alignments in Central, South, and Southeast Asia whose ramifications...
Malaysia-Singapore Relations: Retrospect and Prospect
Introduction This article on Malaysia--Singapore bilateral relations proceeds on the assumption that the key issues involved are better analysed and evaluated within the framework of political realism. Indeed, Sheldon Simon, an American specialist...
The Legacy and Lessons of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor
Introduction During the Cold War, traditional United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations had to cope with cases of international conflict, which required the UN to monitor ceasefire agreements and buffer zones. This first generation of peacekeeping...
The National Reconciliation Process in Myanmar
Introduction On 6 May 2002, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) government lifted a restriction on the movement of Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and released her from house arrest. The...
The Politics of Market Liberalization: A Comparative Study of the South Korean and Philippine Telecommunications Service Industries
Introduction A large number of studies have examined the East Asian "developmental state" model, (1) in which the state is said to maintain its autonomy and strength, or capacity to implement effective economic policies. This thesis has, however,...
The Role of Philippine-American Relations in the Global Campaign against Terrorism: Implications for Regional Security
Introduction When the United States called for global support to combat terrorism in the light of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks (hereafter referred to as 9/11), the Philippines immediately responded by granting the United States over-flight...
Towards a Human Rights Regime in Southeast Asia: Charting the Course of State Commitment
Introduction Today, in Southeast Asia, redress of human rights violations may be far from being realized. However, following the Asian financial crisis in 1997 there has been modest progress in terms of the proliferation of discourse on human...
Whose Agenda? "Partnership" and International Assistance to Democratization and Governance Reform in Indonesia
Introduction The fall of President Soeharto in May 1998, after thirty-two years of authoritarian rule, afforded the opportunity for international actors to become involved in processes of political reform in Indonesia. In particular, "governance...

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