Michael Leifer, who died in 2001, was one of the leading scholars of Southeast Asian international relations. He was hugely influential through his extensive writings and his contacts with people in government and business in the region.
In this book, many of Leifer’s students, colleagues and friends come together to explore the key themes of his work on Southeast Asia, including the notion of ‘order’, security, maritime law and foreign policy. The book concludes with an overall assessment of Leifer’s background, worldview and impact on his field.
A scholarly and personal volume devoted to Leifer's vast contributions to the discipline of international relations, this text is a must-read for students and scholars specializing in the region.
'Leifers influence and authority grew with the clear importance of the subject, and in many respects his writings over the years defined its international significance. He lived with his work in the fullest sense, combining a steady output of books, articles and reviews with lecturing and teaching of the highest order. The essays in this book provide many insights into both his academic achievement and his personal life.'
- Asian Affairs, Nov 2006
Contributors Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Regional Order, Balance of Power, and the English School Joseph Chinyong Liow and Ralf Emmers 2. Shocks of Recognition: Leifer, Realism, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia Donald Emmerson 3. Michael Leifer and the Pre-requisites of Regional Order in Southeast Asia Khong Yuen Foong 4. Michael Leifer, the Balance of Power, and International Relations Theory Jürgen Haacke 5. Untying Leifer’s Discourse on Order and Power See Seng Tan 6. Institutions and Multilateralism: Do Norms and Identity Matter? Community and Power in Southeast Asia’s Regional Order Amitav Acharya 7. Realism and Regionalism in Southeast Asia: The ARF and the War on Terror Sheldon Simon 8. Nationalism and Multilateralism in Chinese Foreign Policy: Implications for Southeast Asia Christopher Hughes 9. Maritime Security: Michael Leifer and the Security of Southeast Asia’s Maritime Thoroughfares Alan Chong 10. Foreign and Security Policy-Making: Singapore’s Strategic Outlook and Defence Policy Tim Huxley 11. Michael Leifer on Cambodia and the Third Indochina Conflict Ang Cheng Guan 12. Domestic Security Priorities, "Balance of Interests" and Indonesia’s Management of Regional Order Leonard C. Sebastian 13. Michael Leifer’s Reflections on the Foreign Policy of Singapore Chin Kin Wah 14. The Domestic Sources of Regional Order in Michael Leifer’s Analysis of Southeast Asia James Cotton 15. Leifer and the Study of Southeast Asia: Michael Leifer’s Contribution to Southeast Asian Studies Michael Yahuda