Michael Leifer: Selected Works on Southeast Asia

Michael Leifer: Selected Works on Southeast Asia
Date of publication:  2005
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  748
Code:  BM265
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ISBN: 9789812302700
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"In compiling and publishing this volume, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore has produced a worthy -- and useful -- memorial to Michael Leifer's work on the region. Chin Kin Wah and Leo Suryadinata have collated and in many cases sensitively abridged more than 60 of Leifer's articles, originally published in diverse forms ranging from scholarly articles and monographs to op-ed pieces in newspapers, providing samples from across the full range of his writing in Southeast Asia. They have also added value by providing useful critical introductions to the book's 10 sections, which cover aspects of Southeast Asian international relations (categorised thematically) and domestic politics (grouped in national sections). A particularly useful comprehensive, 28-page bibliography of Leifer's writings is appended (Aseasuk News).

About the publication

Michael Leifer who died in 2001 was undisputedly the doyen of Southeast Asian Studies. He has left behind a very rich legacy of works on the Southeast Asian region — ASEAN, regional order and conflict, great power policies towards the region, maritime security in Southeast Asia, and studies of the domestic policies of individual Southeast Asian countries. He also addressed broader thematic issues such as nationalism and revolution in Southeast Asia, the decolonization process, and balance of power in the region.
          Much of Michael Leifer's work on the region has an enduring quality, which will have resonance and relevance to students and later generations of scholars and researchers. Considering the depth and extensive reach of his work on Southeast Asia, this volume of his selected works will capture the encyclopaedic range of his expertise on the region. This book is the first of its kind.


  • Michael Leifer: Selected Works on Southeast Asia
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789812305411]
  • Preliminary pages with Foreword by Wang Gungwu
  • 1. Southeast Asia
  • Introduction, by Chin Kin Wah, author
  • Southeast Asia: Conflict and Co-operation
  • 2. Sources of Regional Conflict; 3. Regional Association: Sources of Conflict; 4. The Vietnam War and the Response of Southeast Asian Countries; 5. Regional Association: From ASA to ASEAN; 6. The Limits of Functionalist Endeavour: The Experiences of Southeast Asia
  • ASEAN and Regional Order
  • 7. Regionalism, the Global Balance, and Southeast Asia; 8. ASEAN's Search for Regional Order; 9. Indochina and ASEAN: Seeking a New Balance; 10. The ASEAN Peace Process: A Category Mistake; 11. ASEAN as a Model of a Security Community?; 12. Regional Solutions to Regional Problems?; 13. Truth about the Balance of Power; 14. The Merits of Multilateralism; 15. The Limits to ASEAN's Expanding Role
  • The Cambodia Conflict
  • 16. The Indochina Problem; 17. Vietnam's Intervention in Kampuchea: The Rights of State v. the Rights of People; 18. Cambodia Conflict: Interests and Roles of the External Powers; 19. UNTAC Fulfils Its Mission
  • External Actors and Southeast Asia
  • 20. Anglo-American Differences over Malaysia; 21. Astride the Straits of Johore: The British Presence and Commonwealth Rivalry in Southeast Asia; 22. China and Southeast Asia: Interdependence and Accommodation; 23. Taiwan and Southeast Asia: The Limits to Pragmatic Diplomacy; 24. Who's It that Really Needs to be Engaged?; 25. The European Union, ASEAN, and the Politics of Exclusion; 26. The Peace Dividend: Israel's Changing Relationship with Southeast Asia
  • Between Regions: ASEAN and the EC/EU
  • 27. Regional Decision-Making and Corporate Foreign Policies; 28. Europe and Southeast Asia; 29. Regionalism Compared: The Perils and Benefits of Expansion
  • Security and Order: The Maritime Dimension
  • 30. The Maritime Regime and Regional Security in East Asia; 31. The Straits Are Not Protected; 32. Stalemate in the South China Sea
  • Introduction, by Leo Suryadinata, author
  • Cambodia
  • 33. The Failure of Political Institutionalization in Cambodia; 34. Problems of Authority and Political Succession in Cambodia; 35. Rebellion or Subversion in Cambodia?; 36. Cambodia and Her Neighbours; 37. Kampuchea in 1980: The Politics of Attrition; 38. The Anguish of Cambodia; 39. Challenges Remain in Cambodia; 40. Tune Back In, Friends of Cambodia, the Crisis Show Isn't Over
  • Malaysia
  • 41. Politics and Constitutional Stability in Malaysia; 42. Adverse Conceptions of Malaysia: Consequences of Communal Violence; 43. Malaysia after Tun Razak: Tensions in a Multi-racial State; 44. Anti-Semitism without Jews: The Malaysian Example; 45. Anglo-Malaysian Alienation Revisited
  • Singapore
  • 46. Singapore in Malaysia: The Politics of Federation; 47. Triumph of the Will; 48. Backseat Driver; 49. Overnight, an Oasis May Become a Desert; 50. Israel's President in Singapore: Political Catalysis and Transnational Politics; 51. Singapore in Regional and Global Context: Sustaining Exceptionalism; 52. Coping with Vulnerability
  • Indonesia
  • 53. Whither Indonesian Nationalism?; 54. Uncertainty in Indonesia; 55. The Challenge of Creating a Civil Society in Indonesia; 56. Lesson from a Downfall; 57. Indonesia's Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity; 58. The Islamic Factor in Indonesia's Foreign Policy: A Case of Functional Ambiguity; 59. Indonesia's Dilemmas of Engagement with China
  • Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, and Thailand
  • 60. Vietnam's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Coping with Vulnerability; 61. Vietnam's Changing Relations with China; 62. The Predicament of the Brunei Sultanate; 63. Brunei: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy; 64. The Philippines and Sabah Irredenta; 65. Thailand: The Politics of De-Stalinization; 66. Can Democracy Last in Thailand?
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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