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. 38, No. 1, April

After Crimea: Southeast Asia in Russia's Foreign Policy Narrative
Sour relations with the West largely determine contemporary Russian foreign policy. The Ukrainian crisis was a tipping point for relations between Russia and the West which had been steadily deteriorating for over a decade. On the one hand, Moscow...
Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma
Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma. By Richard Cockett. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2015. Hardcover: 275pp. Blood, Dreams and Gold is a history of modern Burma/Myanmar, a primer on the country's political and economic...
Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China Sea
Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China Sea. By James Manicom. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014. Softcover: 266pp. In this book, James Manicom contests the orthodox view that the strategic...
China-Malaysia Relations and Foreign Policy
China-Malaysia Relations and Foreign Policy. By Abdul Razak Baginda. Abingdon, Oxon.: Routledge, 2016. Hardcover: 255pp. China-Malaysia Relations and Foreign Policy combines theory with historical narrative to examine the decision-making process...
Good Governance and Human Security in Malaysia: Sarawak's Hydroelectric Conundrum
Malaysia is an upper-middle income developing economy endowed with abundant natural resources. Among these are conditions supportive of hydroelectric power initiatives. This article considers the extent to which the Malaysian government is practising...
Indonesia as an Emerging Peacekeeping Power: Norm Revisionist or Pragmatic Provider?
There is growing interest among analysts in the increasing involvement of emerging powers in peace operations. As a larger share of United Nations (UN) peacekeepers are sourced from non-Western states, some have argued that these countries will increasingly...
Language, Education and the Peace Process in Myanmar
This article explores how language and education have featured in half a century of armed ethnic conflict in Burma/Myanmar, and how these issues feature in the ongoing peace process. The argument developed here is that different stakeholders' positions...
Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar
Law, Society and Transition in Myanmar. Edited by Melissa Crouch and Tim Lindsey. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, 2014. Hardcover: 442pp. Metamorphosis: Studies in Social and Political Change in Myanmar. Edited by Renaud Egreteau and Francois...
Southeast Asia Energy Transitions: Between Modernity and Sustainability
Southeast Asia Energy Transitions: Between Modernity and Sustainability. By Mattijs Smits. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2015. Hardcover: 221pp. In recent years, there has been a growing interest regarding Southeast Asia's emergence...
Syariahization of Intra-Muslim Religious Freedom and Human Rights Practice in Malaysia: The Case of Darul Arqam
Whenever the question of religious freedom or related concepts such as religious pluralism and religious tolerance appear in Malaysian public discourse, one's attention is invariably focused on inter-faith rather than intra-faith social engagements....
The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary
The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary. By Walter Woon. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2016. Softcover: 295pp. Walter Woon's The ASEAN Charter: A Commentary is a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the ASEAN Charter,...
The ASEAN Regional Security Partnership: Strengths and Limits of a Cooperative System
The ASEAN Regional Security Partnership: Strengths and Limits of a Cooperative System. By Angela Pennisi di Floristella. Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Hardcover: 212pp. In The ASEAN Regional Security Partnership: Strengths and Limits...
Women and Development, Not Gender and Politics: Explaining ASEAN's Failure to Engage with the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) declarations and documents have long mentioned the role of women in economics and social cohesion, and more recently the organization has explicitly committed itself to gender mainstreaming goals....
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