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. 37, No. 2, August

Burma/Myanmar: Where Now?
Burma/Myanmar: Where Now? Edited by Mikael Gravers and Flemming Ytzen. Thailand: Nordic Institute of Asia Studies Press, 2014. Softcover: 447pp. Five years ago, a repressive junta controlled Myanmar with an iron grip. All observers considered the...
Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making?
Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia: A Post-US Regional Order in the Making? Edited by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis and Frans-Paul van der Putten. Hampshire, England, and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Hardcover: 228pp. This engaging volume...
Comprehensive Strategic Partners but Prosaic Military Ties: The Development of Malaysia-China Defence Relations 1991-2015
China and Malaysia marked forty years of diplomatic relations in 2014. Despite the tragic loss in March that year of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 (which included 152 Chinese citizens on board), bilateral ties do not seem to have been too adversely...
Forced Migration: Typology and Local Agency in Southeast Myanmar
This article describes and analyses the decision-making processes and approaches to return, resettlement and rehabilitation of forced migrants--Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and refugees--in the context of armed conflict and an emerging peace...
From Dusk to Dawn? Maritime Domain Awareness in Southeast Asia
Maritime security is not only a contested concept, it also involves very different activities. (1) One of the major clusters of activities is that of information sharing. This domain has become central to coordinating national and international maritime...
Incomplete Democracies in the Asia-Pacific: Evidence from Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, and Thailand
Incomplete Democracies in the Asia-Pacific: Evidence from Indonesia, Korea, The Philippines, and Thailand. Edited by Giovanna Maria Dora Dore, Jae H. Ku and Karl Jackson. Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. Hardcover: 281pp. Incomplete Democracies...
India's Rise as an Asian Power: Nation, Neighborhood, and Region
India's Rise as an Asian Power: Nation, Neighborhood, and Region. By Sandy Gordon. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press, 2015. Softcover: 264pp. Is India destined to play the role of a global power, as many proponents of its rise believe?...
Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity
Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity. Edited by David Steinberg. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015. Hardcover: 376pp. In November 2015 national elections will take place in Myanmar. These elections, upon which both much hope...
Opposing the Rule of Law: How Myanmar's Courts Make Law and Order
Opposing the Rule of Law: How Myanmar's Courts Make Law and Order. By Nick Cheesman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Hardback: 317pp. Every now and then, a book comes along that offers a fresh take on a topic that has become commonplace....
Personalized Foreign Policy Decision-Making and Economic Dependence: A Comparative Study of Thailand and the Philippines' China Policies
Neorealists disagree on how small states respond to rising powers. Kenneth Waltz argues that secondary states "flock to the weaker side" and balance against the rising power. (1) In contrast, Stephen Walt maintains that "the weaker the state, the more...
The Influence of International Law upon ASEAN Approaches in Addressing Transboundary Haze Pollution in Southeast Asia
Transboundary haze pollution is the Association of Southeast Asian Nation's (ASEAN) greatest environmental challenge to date. (1) Haze pollution from land and forest fires, largely in Indonesia, has repeatedly caused havoc in Malaysia and Singapore....
Two Crises, Different Outcomes: East Asia and Global Finance
Two Crises, Different Outcomes: East Asia and Global Finance. Edited by T.J. Pempel and Keichi Tsunekawa. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 2015. Hardcover: 280pp. As the two most significant financial crises to have hit the global economy...
Winning the Peace: Australia's Campaign to Change the Asia-Pacific
Winning the Peace: Australia's Campaign to Change the Asia-Pacific. By Andrew Carr. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2015. Softcover: 336pp. This is a curiously titled book that the subtitle suggests will be an analysis of Australia's efforts...
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