Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia
Routledge – 2015 – 444 pages
The past two decades since the end of the Cold War have been years of remarkable change and transformation for Southeast Asia. Long seen as an arena for superpower rivalry, Southeast Asia is increasingly coming into its own by locating itself at the forefront of regional integration initiatives that involve not only the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, but major external powers such as the United States, China, India, Japan, and Australia as well. At the same time, the past two decades has seen the revival of old animosities as well as the emergence of new security challenges confronting the region. Old animosities include unresolved territorial disputes, while new challenges range from regional and global financial crises, terrorism, and pandemics. Significant changes within the ten Southeast Asian countries covered in this book have also transpired that have affected not only the complexion of domestic politics, but have also impacted regional diplomacy as well, such as the creation of potentially the eleventh "Southeast Asian" country – Timor Leste.
Extensively updated and revised in light of these changes and developments, this fourth edition of Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia contains profiles of each Southeast Asian country. Following this, it provides more than 450 alphabetically arranged individual entries providing detailed accounts and analyses on major episodes and treaties, political parties and institutions, civil society movements, and regional and international organizations. Biographies of significant political leaders and personalities, both past and present, are also provided. Entries are comprehensively cross-referenced, and an index by country directs readers to all entries concerning a particular country. The Dictionary also includes an extensive bibliography that serves as a guide to further reading.
It is an essential reference tool for all scholars and students of Asian politics and international affairs, and a vital resource for journalists, diplomats, policy-makers, and others with an interest in the region.
A worthy successor to the previous editions by the late Michael Leifer, this book will be indispensable for anyone interested in the sometimes byzantine politics of this complex and important region.
Duncan McCargo, University of Leeds, UK.
Joseph Chinyong Liow is Associate Dean and Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Joseph concurrently holds the inaugural Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., USA. He is the author of The Politics of Indonesia-Malaysia Relations (2005) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies (2010, with Sumit Ganguly and Andrew Schobell), Islam in Southeast Asia: Histories, Cultures, and Identities, IV Vols (2009, with Nadirsyah Hosen) and Order and Security in Southeast Asia: Essays in Memory of Michael Leifer (2005, with Ralf Emmers), all published by Routledge.