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8th Edition

Southeast Asia in the New International Era

ISBN 9781138368729
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
306 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This newly revised eighth edition of Southeast Asia in the New International Era provides readers with contemporary coverage of a vibrant region home to more than 650 million people, vast cultural diversity, and dynamic globalized markets.

Sensitive to historical legacies and paying special attention to developments since the end of the Cold War, this book highlights the events, players, and institutions that shape the region. Employing a country-by-country format, the analysis engages in context-specific treatment of the region's eleven countries: Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. Fully updated, the book’s revised content includes Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in the Philippines, Malaysia’s historic 2018 election ending four decades of UMNO rule, Hun Sen’s latest power grab in Cambodia, and a consequential monarchical transition in post-coup Thailand. It also analyzes recent developments in the South China Sea dispute, the Rohingya tragedy in Myanmar, China’s expanding Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the effects of the Trump Administration’s tariffs and trade war.

An excellent resource for students, this textbook makes sense of the region's coups, elections, policy debates, protests, and alliances, leaving readers with a solid foundation for further study.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction; 2 Thailand; 3 Myanmar (Burma); 4 Vietnam; 5 Cambodia; 6 Laos; 7 The Philippines; 8 Indonesia; 9 Timor-Leste; 10 Malaysia; 11 Singapore; 12 Brunei; 13 Asean

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Robert Dayley is Professor of international political economy and Asian studies at The College of Idaho, USA. His research focuses on Southeast Asia, ASEAN, and rural political economy.


"A superb survey describing political developments in Southeast Asia and explaining the historical and cultural underpinnings that have contributed to these developments…a must read for students and professionals who aspire to better understand Southeast Asia’s significance in a new international era." John J. Brandon, The Asia Foundation

"Authoritative, engaging, and rigorously comparative, this comprehensive text enables college students and general readers to gain a strong grasp of the political diversity, economic differences, and social complexity of the eleven countries of Southeast Asia." Pek Koon Heng, American University School of International Service

"Exploring the current impact of transnational terrorism, globalization, economic volatility, and the region’s relations with great powers, this volume is an excellent choice for students, business people, and policymakers." – Sheldon Simon, Arizona State University

"A comprehensive and accessible introduction to the region for undergraduates. With clear coverage of politics, recent history, social institutions, and economic development, the text serves as a valuable complement to virtually any course on contemporary Asia. – Steven Jug, Baylor University

"There is no better basic work to introduce the region."Journal of Asian Business

"One of the few broad, timely surveys of Southeast Asia now available, and it contains much historical and cultural perspective."Foreign Affairs