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International Relations in Southeast Asia

About the Series

The series will publish works on theory, research and critical views on the state of theorizing, researching, studying and applying the concept of the ‘international’ in Southeast Asia by prominent, emerging and novice scholars. It highly welcomes works that forges a link between disciplinary IR’s theoretical richness and area study of Southeast Asia’s empirical application, e.g. field research. The series promotes an exploration of the emergence and hybridity of Southeast Asian theories, praxes, methods, and approaches to IR, including a survey of the richness of the very idea of the ‘international’ in terms of historical and recent flow of people, goods, and ideas contributing to the creation of regions and region-ness. In light of the development of alternate cosmologies and emergence of Asian IR, this series encourages interdisciplinarity and eclectic contributions from both scholars and practitioners to facilitate a holistic approach towards the study of IR in the region.

This is the flagship series of the Philippine International Studies Organization ( There are three categories or types of works that represent IR in the region and are offered by the series: (1) Theories and Methodologies, (2) Praxes and Applications, and (3) Thematic Issues and Trends. The first category includes works that explore, discover and innovate methods in attaining new theories or theoretical engagement with Western IR. The second type mostly concentrates on critical approaches to the academic structure of IR establishment in the region as well as studies on traditional and human security. The last, but not the least, is contemporary issues and trends affecting the whole region and its relatedness to other regional worlds. Book proposals may encompass a wide range of issues and themes, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Theories and Methodologies

  • Sociological IR
  • Philosophy and IR
  • Nationalism and IR
  • Methodological issues in IR
  • International Political Theory
  • Historicism and Behavioralism
  • Nationalist thinkers (Rizal et al)
  • End of IR theory (EJIR special)
  • Normative international thought
  • Rationality, reflexivity, or relationality
  • Contributions of the Humanities to IR
  • Relations between Area Studies and IR
  • Gap between Theory and Practice in IR
  • Regions, regionalization and regionalism
  • Indigenous theorizing; homegrown theorizing
  • Alternate ontologies and epistemologies of IR
  • Pre-modern, Modernity, or modern IR thoughts
  • Multiplexity; multiculturality; civilizational plurality
  • Historical, cultural, linguistic and visual turns in IR
  • Trust, morality, and ethics in International Relations
  • Positivist, non-positivist, or post-positivist approaches
  • Textuality, Spatiality, Temporality in theory and research
  • Colonial, neocolonial, postcolonial, or decolonial thinking
  • Western IR; post-Western IR; non-Western IR; Global IR
  • The religious-secular domains/binary of the 'international'
  • Ontological power (real politik); ontology of societal multiplicity
  • Borders, Frontier, Borderland, Borderlessness and Border Thinking
  • Feminism, Queer theory, Gender and Sexuality in IR in Southeast Asia
  • Disciplinary boundaries between International Relations and Political Science

(2) Praxes and Applications

  • Scholarship in IR
  • Development Studies in IR
  • Culture and the praxis of IR
  • Education and Pedagogy in IR
  • International Political Economy
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Service
  • International financial implications
  • Consular practices in Southeast Asia
  • International Law and legal implications
  • Relevant policy-making implications of IR
  • Configuration of IR Academia in Southeast Asia
  • Structural issues and gatekeeping in the discipline

(3) Thematic Issues and Trends

  • Religion and IR
  • Maritime piracy
  • Democratization
  • Migration and IR
  • Aesthetics and IR
  • Human trafficking
  • Global health in IR
  • Geography and IR
  • Development and IR
  • Politics of memory in IR
  • Water and food security
  • Peace, War, and Conflict
  • Authoritarianism and populism
  • Minorities and Substate Actors
  • Geopolitics and maritime disputes
  • Security and non-traditional Security
  • Radicalism, extremism and terrorism
  • Domestic and transnational civil society
  • Climate change and environment in IR
  • Small arms manufacturing and smuggling
  • Human rights challenges in Southeast Asia
  • Pre-modern faiths, modern religions and rituals in IR
  • International Organizations, Multinational Corporations and transnational actors


Please email your inquiries, short idea/concept note for new proposals, or full-blown book proposals to Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Chief Editor, [email protected], and include carbon copies to:

To download the correct type of book proposal form, click All book proposals must include the following:

  • The proposed title of the book.
  • A description of the book (between 400 and 700 words) that explains its rationale, scope, significance to the series, its relations to competing works, and notable contribution to existing scholarship.
  • A table of contents with chapter summaries.
  • Estimated word length for the whole book, its proposed completion date, and description of its target readership.
  • Optional: one or two sample chapters.
  • Complete curriculum vitae of the author(s).

Advisory/Editorial Board Members:

Adam Simpson, University of South Australia, Australia

Amitav Acharya, American University, USA

Amy L. Freedman, Columbia University, USA

Ann Marie Murphy, Seton Hall University, USA

Anthony Milner, Australian National University, Australia

Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano, University of the Philippines Cebu, Philippines  

Catherine Goetze, University of Tasmania, Australia

Christopher K. Lamont, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Clarita R. Carlos, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Darryl S.L. Jarvis, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

David Shim, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Erickson D. Calata, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Frances Antoinette Cruz, University of the Philippines-Diliman

George Lawson, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., University of the Philippines-Diliman

I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana, Airlangga University, Indonesia

James Ockey, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Jivanta Schoettli, National University of Singapore

John Harvey D. Gamas, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

Jonathan T. Chow, University of Macau, China

Jürgen Haacke, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

K S Balakrishnan, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Kelly M. Kadera, University of Iowa, USA

Kerstin Steiner, La Trobe University, Australia

Kitti Prasirtsuk, Thammasat University, Thailand

Kosal Path, City University of New York, USA

Kumiko Haba, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

Mietek P. Boduszynski, Pomona College, USA

Narayanan Ganesan, Hiroshima City University, Japan

Pauline Eadie, University of Nottingham, UK

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Kyoto University, Japan

Rikard Jalkebro, University of St. Andrews, UK

Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr., University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Shine Choi, Massey University, New Zealand

Siew Mun Tang, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Sorpong Peou, Ryerson University, Canada

Temario C. Rivera, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Titus C. Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Yoon Hwan Shin, Sogang University, South Korea

5 Series Titles

Per Page

Global International Relations in Southeast Asia

Global International Relations in Southeast Asia

1st Edition


Edited By Chanintira na Thalang, Yong-Soo Eun
August 02, 2024

This edited volume explores the contours of Global International Relations (IR) in terms of teaching and research in Southeast Asia and China with the purpose of revealing existing and “hidden” pre- theories, conceptual frameworks, and theoretical contributions to Global IR rooted in local ...

Space and Time in Thai-Lao Relations Borderlands in International Relations

Space and Time in Thai-Lao Relations: Borderlands in International Relations

1st Edition

By Thanachate Wisaijorn
January 29, 2024

Wisaijorn explores how the concepts of space and temporality in traditional geopolitics have influenced the understanding of the Thai-Lao border since Laos became independent in 1954. Arguing that a state-centric conceptualisation of the Thailand-Laos border falls into both a territorial and ...

Indonesia’s Regional and Global Engagement Role Theory and State Transformation in Foreign Policy

Indonesia’s Regional and Global Engagement: Role Theory and State Transformation in Foreign Policy

1st Edition

By Moch Faisal Karim
June 16, 2023

Karim examines the changes and continuity of Indonesia’s foreign policy in the post-authoritarian era, under presidents Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Joko Widodo. Indonesia conceptualised and aimed to adopt four principle roles after 2004 – being a voice for developing countries; being a regional ...

International Studies in the Philippines Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Frances Antoinette Cruz, Nassef Manabilang Adiong
April 15, 2020

How can local experiences and the social transformation generated by modernity help to enrich our understanding of the international? What might a version of the much-discussed "non-Western International Relations (IR)" look like? What continuities and discontinuities from the Philippine experience...

India's Strategy in the South China Sea

India's Strategy in the South China Sea

1st Edition

By Tridib Chakraborti, Mohor Chakraborty
January 31, 2020

The tensions in the South China Sea pose considerable challenges to the rules-based liberal international maritime order. The situation demonstrates the interplay between maritime nationalism and geostrategic rivalry; fuelling militarisation and endangering freedom of navigation, over-flight and ...

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