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  • September 2009
    Vol.4 No.3
    In the National Interest:
    Economics, Security and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    In the National Interest: Economics, Security and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia

    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?

    • Satu Limaye
      Deconstructing National Interests, Divining Future 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.

    • Dewi Fortuna Anwar
      A Journey of Change: Indonesia's Foreign Policy

      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.

    • Renato Cruz De Castro
      Domestic Woes and Overseas Tactics in the Philippines

      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.

    • Siew Mun Tang
      Punching Above its Weight: Malaysia's Foreign Policy

      Malaysia has for decades illustrated how a relatively small country can have a disproportionate influence on regional and international affairs.

    • Thitinan Pongsudhirak
      Battle Between Continuity and Change: Thailand's Topsy-Turvy Foreign Policy Directions

      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.

    • Hong Anh Tuan
      Doi Moi and the Remaking of Vietnam

      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.

  • The Debate
    Is an Asian Community Really Possible?
    • Andy Yee
      An Asian Community Will Emerge From Existing Structures

      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.

    • Ali Wyne
      A Skeptical View of Asia's Rise

      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.

  • Features
  • Book Reviews
    • Chung-in Moon
      China's Peaceful Rise

      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.

    • Richard H. Schwartz
      All God's Creatures

      A letter from reader Richard H. Schwartz regarding Judaism, the treatment of animals and Hiranmay Karlekar's recent book Savage Humans and Stray Dogs: A Study in Aggression.

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