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. 35, No. 3, December

A Global City in an Age of Global Risks: Singapore's Evolving Discourse on Vulnerability
As Singapore becomes a leading global city, perceptions of the country's vulnerability are evolving as a result of its hyper-connectivity and exposure to global risks. First-generation leaders such as Lee Kuan Yew, S. Rajaratnam and Goh Keng Swee of...
Australia's 2015 Defence White Paper: Seeking Strategic Opportunities in Southeast Asia to Help Manage China's Peaceful Rise
The victory of the conservative Liberal Party led by Tony Abbott in the September 2013 general elections means that Australia is now committed to the preparation of a new defence white paper --the country's third in six years--to be released in early...
Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War
Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United States, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War. Edited by Scott Laderman and Edwin A. Martini. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013. Softcover: 334pp. Four Decades On is an especially apt title...
Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context
Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context. Edited by Miles Kahler and Andrew McIntyre. Stanford University Press, 2013. Hardcover: 320pp. This volume is an important addition to a small but growing literature on comparative forms of regionalism....
Japan's Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State
Japan's Security Identity: From a Peace State to an International State. By Bhubhindar Singh. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Hardcover: 212pp. How have Japan's security policies changed from the Cold War period to the post-Cold War period? In...
Nationalism and Power Politics in Japan's Relations with China: A Neoclassical Realist Interpretation
Nationalism and Power Politics in Japan's Relations with China: A Neoclassical Realist Interpretation. By Lai Yew Meng. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2014. Hardcover: 243pp. The relationship between East Asia's two Great Powers--China and Japan--is...
Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security
Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security. By Denny Roy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. Hardcover: 279pp. Denny Roy's comprehensive survey examines the impact of China's growing military and economic power through the...
Revisiting Armaments Production in Southeast Asia: New Dreams, Same Challenges
Armaments production in Southeast Asia has always been long on ambition and short on reality. Going back to the 1960s, several states in the region have attempted to manufacture their own arms, but not much ever came of these efforts. Indonesia, for...
Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations: A Region-Theory Dialogue
Southeast Asia and the English School of International Relations: A Region-Theory Dialogue. By Linda Quayle. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Hardcover: 245pp. Should Linda Quayle ever feel the need to re-title her fine book, Southeast...
Southeast Asia in the US Rebalance: Perceptions from a Divided Region
President Obama's "no-show" at the October 2013 East Asia Summit (EAS) and US-ASEAN Summit in Bali--compounded by cancelled bilateral visits to Malaysia and the Philippines either side--has added to doubts already being expressed volubly within the...
Vietnam's Hedging Strategy against China since Normalization
Vietnam's relations with China embody a typical pattern of interactions between asymmetrical powers, with the smaller and greater powers pursuing divergent, sometimes conflicting, interests. Each power employs different strategies to handle the relationship,...
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