The contemporary political history of
Southeast Asia as a whole: Late 20th century

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The sport of kings
From BurmaNet, 23 January 1995. The associations of contemporary Shan, Myanmar, and Thai history with the distant history of the area.
From the Ashes of War: Vietnam and Cambodia Struggle toward Tomorrow
By Jim Genova, in People's Weekly World, 15 July 1995.
The Burmese connection in the Timor Gap dispute
By George J. Aditjondro, 9 November 1995. How big oil is a link in Southeast Asian politics.
Mahathir Renews Critism of Soros (FORTUNE)
Reuter 21 August 1997. Malaysian Prime Minister points to role of George Soros in the financial crisis in Southeast Asia, and how governments there don't like to be bullied for their including Myanmar within ASEAN.
Alatas denies buildup threat
South China Morning Post 3 December 1997. Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas feels that increased arms spending in Southeast Asia does not indicate the presence of enmity among countries, but a territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Seas contained seeds of future conflict.
Singapore-US naval deal a provocation
By Ian Stewart, South China Morning Post 3 February 1998. Singapore has been criticised strongly in Malaysia over a new defence arrangement with the US. An every-country-for-itself outlook is reflected in Singapore's decision to give American warships access to a new naval base, which is expected to be ready in two years.
The French connection; Interview with French Defence Minister Alain Richard
The Staits Times, 24 February 1998. A surprising piece of data that should make those tracking the region's geopolitics sit up. The French has a massive naval presence on the fringes of Southeast Asia, being with the US and China the only major naval forces in the region. Reasons why France and Europe in general want a greater military role in Asia.
No Aceh bases, assures KL
By Brendan Pereira, The Straits Times, 2 April 1998. Malaysia does not want to offend its neighbours by allowing illegal immigrants to use the country as a base for separatist activities. The government valued its good ties with Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines.
Manila's advice to neighbours marks turning point in regional etiquette
By Greg Torode, South China Morning Post 6 July 1998. A new dawn heralding a far more politically engaged Southeast Asia became clearer over the weekend with strong words emerging from the Philippines regarding talks between Burma's military junta and Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy.
East Asians Eye Scandinavian Welfare Model
By Dipankar De Sarkar, IPS, 11 March 1999. Difference between Sandinavia and Southeast Asia.
Asia Bristles at Australia's New Regional Role
By Sonny Inbaraj, IPS, 27 September 1999. Australia's perceived new regional role has come under attack from neighbouring countries a week after the deployment of an Australia-led multinational peacekeeping force to East Timor. The Howard doctrine: Australia has a responsibility within its region to do things above and beyond its unique character as a Western country in Asia with strong links to the U.S.