5th Edition

Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia

By Joseph Chinyong Liow Copyright 2022
    534 Pages
    by Routledge

    534 Pages
    by Routledge

    The past three decades since the end of the Cold War have been a time of remarkable change 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 states of the region, but major external powers such as the United States, China, India, Japan, and Australia. Extensively updated and revised in light of these changes and developments, this fifth edition of Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia remains indispensable.

    This new edition starts with profiles of each Southeast Asian country, before providing over 500 alphabetically arranged individual entries, each containing detailed accounts and analyses of 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 concludes with an extensive bibliography that serves as a guide to further reading.

    An essential one-stop reference book, this book is an indispensable 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.

    Introduction, Listngs from A-Z, Brunei, Sultanante of;  to ZOPFAN. Further Reading, Index by Country.


    Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean and Tan Kah Kee Chair Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is also Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. 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) and Order and Security in Southeast Asia: Essays in Memory of Michael Leifer (2005, with Ralf Emmers), all published by Routledge.

    "As a fan of the Dictionary since its first edition, I am delighted that Joseph Liow has put in the momentous effort for this substantial update and expansion. Liow’s expertise and judgment combine to make this volume the go-to reference for academics and policy practitioners alike, for pithy, astute information across the wide ambit of Southeast Asia’s domestic and regional politics. Updated or new entries on key personalities, political parties, and other institutions are especially helpful, as are, for instance, those on transnational agreements or incidents, and domestic social movements and salient events. Extensive cross-referencing and a curated bibliography add great value."

    Meredith Weiss, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA

    "The extraordinary diversity of Southeast Asia is readily apparent in countless realms, from religion to colonial heritage to culture, and no less so in its divergent national political histories and wide array of contemporary political systems. For the benefit of novice and expert alike, Joseph Liow shares the breadth and depth of his expertise with characteristic aplomb. In this outstanding resource on the modern politics of Southeast Asia, he provides readers with up-to-date guidance on hundreds of events, organisations, ethnic groupings, personalities, and key terms: from abangan to Bangkok Summit 2019 to Corregidor Affair 1968 to FUNCINPEC to Future Forward to Ho Chi Minh to Jemaah Islamiyah to One Malaysia to PAP to Rohingya to Xanana to Yudhoyono and concluding with ZOPFAN."

    Paul D. Hutchcroft, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, The Australian National University

    "With more than 600 entries covering key players, political parties, religious organisations, and insurgent groups as well as key political developments this Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Southeast Asia outlines and illuminates the contours and changes in 11 Southeast Asian states. This new edition by Joseph Chinyong Liow features 58 additional entries on events such as the 2016 anti-Ahok protests in Indonesia, the 2017 siege of Marawi in the southern Philippines, and the 2020 Dong Tam Incident in Vietnam. Recent ASEAN summits between 2015 – 2020 are explained as is the impact of SARS and COVID on the region. Liow’s sharp analysis makes this Dictionary indispensable for scholars and students alike."

    Kirsten E. Schulze, London School of Economics, UK