The contemporary political history of
Southeast Asia as a whole: Early 22nd century

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SE Asia must engage political Islam
The Straits Times Perspective by Phar Kim Beng, 8 January 2000. In the West, increasingly since the end of the Cold War, Islam is seen as a threat capitalist liberal democracy. But of most Southeast Asian governments, especially Muslim ones in Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, is for certain groups' radical reading of the Islamic scriptures.
U.S. Wants to Join S.E. Asia Anti-Terror Plan
By Dan Eaton, Reuters, 16 November 2001. The United States wants to be involved in anti-terrorism initiatives agreed by Southeast Asian nations this month at the ASEAN summit in Brunei. ASEAN leaders agreed to coordinate counter-terrorism exercise scenario. Army chiefs of the 10-member ASEAN met in Manila on Thursday to draw up plans against terrorism in the region. The US links the Philippine separatist group, Abu Sayyaf, with bin Laden.