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 0.717 in 2019.
  • 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

Chairperson Choi Shing Kwok
Editor Ian Storey
Associate Editor Le Hong Hiep
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
  • Aileen S.P. Baviera, University of the Philippines
  • Nick Sisley, La Trobe University
  • David Capie, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Sophal Ear, Occidental College
  • 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, University of Leeds
  • Marcus Mietzner, Australian National University
  • Shaun Narine, St. Thomas University
  • Pham Quang Minh, Vietnam National University-Hanoi

Subscription Rates

Individual Institution
Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei 70.00 USD
87.00 SGD
110.00 USD
137.00 SGD
Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan 59.00 USD
74.00 SGD
92.00 USD
115.00 SGD
Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Middle East 71.00 USD
89.00 SGD
113.00 USD
141.00 SGD

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


The Editor invites submission of manuscripts within the field of domestic politics, strategic/security issues, political economy, regionalism and international affairs as they impinge on Southeast Asia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including endnotes and an abstract of approximately 150–200 words. Research Notes and Comments, which would include reports of research findings of shorter length, as well as reports of on-going research projects, are also invited. 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 the Chicago Manual of Style. 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