Focusing on the nexus between global, regional, and national dynamics in Southeast Asia, Joern Dosch explores the profound political changes that have occurred in recent years both within the region and in its international relations. Dosch first examines the realm of foreign policy, with an emphasis on the link between democratization and the conduct of foreign affairs. Subsequent chapters consider the origins of insurgencies and terrorism, responses to national and international security threats, and the increasing importance of subregional cooperation. The efforts of the international dor community to promote good governance are highlighted, as is ASEAN's inability to respond to new international challenges. The book concludes with an assessment of the region's current geostrategic position and the new contours of its relations with the US and the countries of Europe and East Asia.
JRrn Dosch is reader in Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Leeds. He is coauthor of The New Global Politics of the Asia-Pacific. Contents: Introduction: Global, Regional, and National Dynamics in Southeast Asian Politics. Making Foreign Policy: The Impact of Democratization. Security and the Challenge of Terrorism. Crossing Cold War Divides: Cooperation in the Mekong Valley. Decentralizing Cambodia: The International Hijacking of National Politics? Rethinking Regionalism: ASEAN and Beyond. Conclusion: The Deepening and Broadening of Political Activity.