Contemporary Southeast Asia

About CSEA

Contemporary Southeast Asia (CSEA) is one of the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute's flagship publications. Now in its fourth decade of publication, CSEA has succeeded in building up an international reputation as one of Southeast Asia's premier academic journals. The aim of the peer reviewed journal is to provide subscribers with up to date and in-depth analysis of critical trends and developments in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. The primary focus of the journal is on issues related to domestic politics in Southeast Asian countries, regional architecture and community building, military, strategic and security affairs, conflict zones and relations among the Great Powers. CSEA publishes authoritative, insightful and original contributions from scholars, think-tank analysts, journalists and policy-makers from across the globe. The Editorial Committee is guided by the advice of the International Advisory Committee which is composed of eminent scholars from Asia, the United States, Australia and Europe.

Publication Frequency: three times a year (April, August and December).

  • Attained SCOPUS CiteScore of 1.4 in 2019.
  • Attained Journal Citation Report (JCR) Journal Impact Factor of 1.3 in 2020.
  • SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2019 for the Asiatic Region: Ranked 1st in Political Science and International Relations; 1st in History; and 3rd in Arts and Humanities.
  • Ranked 19th by Google Scholar Metrics 2020 in the category of “Asian Studies and History”.

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Contemporary Southeast Asia (CSEA) is indexed in the following:

  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • International Bibliography of Periodical Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBZ)
  • International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (IBR)
  • Sage Public Administration Abstracts
  • PAIS International
  • Contents Pages on Asia (INSEAD)
  • World Affairs Online
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • Ingenta
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • ProQuest Information and Learning
  • Gale Group
  • ISI Emerging Markets

Editorial Committee


  • Choi Shing Kwok


  • Ian Storey
  • Le Hong Hiep

Assistant Editors

  • Khairulanwar Zaini
  • Joel Chong

Editorial Committee

  • Malcolm Cook
  • Le Hong Hiep
  • Daljit Singh
  • Ian Storey
  • Leo Suryadinata

Copy Editor

  • Sheryl Sin

International Advisory Committee

  • Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Indonesian Institute of Sciences
  • Alice Ba, University of Delaware
  • Nick Bisley, La Trobe University
  • David Capie, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Sophal Ear, Arizona State University
  • Jürgen Haacke, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Kuik Cheng-Chwee, National University of Malaysia
  • Joseph Chinyong Liow, Nanyang Technological University
  • Maung Aung Myoe, International University of Japan
  • Duncan McCargo, Nanyang Technological University
  • Marcus Mietzner, Australian National University
  • Shaun Narine, St. Thomas University
  • Pham Quang Minh, Vietnam National University-Hanoi

Subscription Rates

Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei

  • Individual: 87.00 SGD
  • Institution: 137.00 SGD

Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan

  • Individual: 59.00 USD
  • Institution: 92.00 USD

Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Middle East

  • Individual: 71.00 USD
  • Institution: 113.00 USD

Note: Annual subscription rates include electronic delivery as well as the printed copy by air.


The Editors invite submission of manuscripts in the politics, security, political economy and international relations of Southeast Asia (defined as the 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste). Manuscripts should be double-spaced and between 6,000–8,000 words, exclusive of endnotes. Manuscripts should be in Word-format and should be sent electronically to the e-mail address below. CSEA uses endnotes and follows the rules set out in Chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual Style, 12th edition. Authors should use British English. CSEA does not accept manuscripts that have already been published or are simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts accepted for consideration will be refereed by external readers.

The Editor
Contemporary Southeast Asia
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614

Enquiries and correspondence about editorial matters can be sent to the Editor at:

Book Reviews

Publishers can send books for review to:

Book Review Editor
Contemporary Southeast Asia
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614