How much do a country’s economic and security relations with other nations — in the form of trade, capital and labor flows, and participation in multilateral organizations or arrangements — tell us about what to expect of its foreign policy?
We examine the foreign policies of five key Southeast Asian countries in an effort to map explicit connections between the enormous amount of empirical data available on a country's national iinterest and how these countries conduct their foreign affairs.
During the last half of the 20th century, Indonesia lurched from the revolutionary nationalism of founding president Sukarno to the authoritarian capitalism of Suharto. It took the end of the Cold War for Indonesia to begin to realize its potential.
In perhaps no other Southeast Asian nation is the need to couple domestic political priorities with foreign policy tactics as pronounced as in the Philippines. Renato Cruz De Castro outlines how a reinvigorated alliance with the US.
Malaysia has for decades illustrated how a relatively small country can have a disproportionate influence on regional and international affairs.
Thailand has been praised for its adroit handling of foreign relations. While its neighbors were being colonized on all sides, it remained independent. Its skillful use of shifting alliances allowed it to maneuver through two world wars and the Cold War.
It has been more than two decades since Vietnam unleashed the forces of economic and political reform, and the results are clear in the form of sustained economic progress.
Asia has seen a proliferation of multilateral organizations in recent decades, and much of the debate over the possibility of an Asia-Pacific or East Asian community has centered on their strengths and weaknesses.
Advocates for the creation of an Asian Community are confident that the 21st century will be an “Asian century,” in which the region’s rapid economic growth will unleash its potential to exercise global leadership.
Increasingly, the world's problems call for global solutions. Whether these problems involve security issues, the economy or the environment, the need for Asian nations to work together has never been greater.
With the growing strength of Asia's economies, there is widespread debate about the emergence of a new world order to replace the post-World War II system. Some argue that the Digital Age will help shape that new order.
While the negative effects of the current global financial crisis are severe, one possible benefit is that it affords Asia a unique opportunity to step forward and take a decisive role in shaping the global financial architecture of the future.
The global financial crisis has triggered a lively debate over the need to reform the world's financial architecture to better prepare for future storms. But David Edwards argues that banks themselves could do a lot more to prevent future crises.
The dislocations caused by the global financial crisis have highlighted the economic relationship between Asia and the West. It remains to be seen whether efforts to deal with the current crisis are only sowing the seeds of the next crisis.
Asia's export-oriented economies were particularly hard hit by the effects of the global financial crisis, as demand from major importing countries plunged in response to the crisis.
The global financial crisis has triggered an acceleration in the use of protectionist trade measures, even among the G-20 countries that have pledged not to do so. China has been especially singled out as a target of protectionism.
The economic potential of Asia's millions of migrant women represents one of the great untapped resources for tackling poverty, according to educator Sarah Mavrinac.
Zheng Bijian is a seminal figure in the origin of the concept of China's peaceful rise. Global Asia Editor-in-Chief Chung-in Moon reviews three books by and about Zheng that document the importance of the concept.
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