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Securing Southeast Asia

The Politics of Security Sector Reform

By Mark Beeson, Alex Bellamy

© 2008 – Routledge

228 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This book uniquely applies the security reform agenda to Southeast Asia. It investigates recent developments in civil-military relations in the region, looking in particular at the impact and utility of the agenda on the region and assessing whether it is likely to help make the region more stable and less prone to military interventions.

It provides an historical overview of the region’s civil-military relations and goes on to explore the dynamics of civil-military relations within the context of the security sector reform framework, focusing on the experiences of four of the region’s militaries: Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. It argues that although regional militaries have not necessarily followed a ‘Western’ model, significant developments have occurred that are broadly in keeping with the security sector reform agenda, and which suggests that the prospects for stable civil-military relations are brighter than some sceptics believe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction 1. Security Sector Reform in a Southeast Asian Context 2. Civil-Military Relations and Institutional Change 3. The Historical Origins of Southeast Asian Security 4. Malaysia: Constitutionalism Corrupted? 5. Thailand: Military Rule, There and Back Again? 6. Indonesia: From Concordance to Constitutionalism? 7. The Philippines: The Politics of Polyarchy? Conclusion. References

About the Authors

Mark Beeson is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham. His research is centred on the politics, economics and security of East Asia. His latest book is Regionalism, Globalization and East Asia (Palgrave, 2007).

Alex Bellamy is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland. His research is centred on the normative dimensions of military power. His latest book is Just Wars: From Cicero to Iraq (Polity, 2006).

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General