1st Edition

Military Modernisation in Southeast Asia after the Cold War Acquisition, Retention, and Geostrategic Impacts

By Shang-Su Wu Copyright 2024

    Southeast Asian countries represent a wide range of approaches to military modernisation due to their great diversity in politics, economies, geography and other factors. Bounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans and located between China and India is the setting for the geostrategic impacts of military modernisation in Southeast Asian countries.

    Differing from previous research focused on military acquisition, this book additionally covers retention of assets and carefully examines the ageing issues that affect readiness and capabilities. In doing so, it provides a comprehensive view of military modernisation. This book also compares each country’s situation in the region in terms of military strength and security challenges to elaborate on the geostrategic impacts of military modernisation. The ten cases of military modernisation in the post-Cold War context provide rich content for readers to explore the evolution of military modernisation in developing countries after 1991.

    This book sheds light on security studies of Southeast Asia and is a useful resource for academic researchers, policy-makers and defence practitioners.


    List of tables

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Indonesia

    Chapter 3 Malaysia

    Chapter 4 Myanmar

    Chapter 5 The Philippines

    Chapter 6 Singapore

    Chapter 7 Thailand

    Chapter 8 Vietnam

    Chapter 9 Brunei, Cambodia, and Laos

    Chapter 10 Conclusion: Trends, Geopolitics and Challenges




    Shang-Su Wu is assistant professor at the Rabdan Academy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was a research fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. His research fields are defence in East and Southeast Asia, and railways of international relations.