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. 36, No. 2, August

Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979
Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975-1979. By Andrew Mertha. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2014. Hardback: 175pp. Andrew Mertha's admirable book attracted considerable media attention before its release because of...
Explaining US Strategic Partnerships in the Asia-Pacific Region: Origins, Developments and Prospects
Since the end of the rigid bipolar structure of the Cold War, there has been a growing focus on looser alignments between countries in addition to traditional alliances. (1) One of these forms of alignments which has proliferated in the Asia-Pacific...
Myanmar's Transition to Democracy: New Opportunities or Obstacles for India?
In November 2015, Myanmar will hold general parliamentary elections, representing the latest step in the country's slow transition to democracy that began with political reforms in 2008. More than many other countries going through similar transitions,...
Playing Risk: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia
Multinational firms must go to the place with what they seek--whether natural resources, markets, labour or assets--is located and, more importantly where what they seek is available. Due both to the location of what they seek and their status as latecomers...
Salafi Ulama in UMNO: Political Convergence or Expediency?
The terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda in the United States on September 11, 2001, and the subsequent arrests of members of its Southeast Asian affiliate Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), have cast a negative light on the Salafi interpretation of Islam. Salafi ideology...
The Face of Resistance: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Fight for Freedom
The Face of Resistance: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Fight for Freedom. By Aung Zaw. Chiang Mai: Mekong Press, 2013. Softcover: 140pp. Deceptively thin, The Face of Resistance has a depth that packs a punch and leaves the reader pondering on the...
The Indonesia-Timor-Leste Commission of Truth and Friendship: Enhancing Bilateral Relations at the Expense of Justice
Since the 1999 independence referendum, Timor-Leste (East Timor) has struggled to achieve substantive justice for human rights atrocities committed throughout Indonesia's 25-year de facto administration from 1975 to 1999. In particular, efforts have...
Vietnam in the Global Economy
Vietnam in the Global Economy. By Thomas Jandl. Boulder, Colorado: Lexington Books, 2013. Hardcover: 299pp. To the surprise of most contemporary observers, Vietnam's doi moi reforms succeeded brilliantly. Abandoning a disastrous decade-long experiment...
Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and Its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia
Violence and Vengeance: Religious Conflict and Its Aftermath in Eastern Indonesia. By Christopher R. Duncan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013. Softcover: 239pp. Were the savage communal wars that broke out in the Moluccas after the resignation...
We Didn't Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia
We Didn't Start the Fire: My Struggle for Democracy in Cambodia. By Sam Rainsy. Chiangmai: Silkworm Books, 2013. Softcover: 210pp. Sam Rainsy is the French-educated leader of Cambodia's political opposition to Hun Sen, the self-styled "strong man"...
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