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.
Burmese connection in the Timor Gap
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.