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The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region Book Launch

The ASEAN Studies Center at American University and the East-West Center in Washington hosted an Asia Pacific Security Seminar and the Launch of:

The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region


Dr. Amitav Acharya
Chair, ASEAN Studies Center; Professor, School of International Service, American University


Dr. Satu Limaye (Discussant)
Director, East-West Center, Washington

The international relations of Southeast Asia have been shaped by cultural, ideational and political influences from India and China and Western and Japanese colonialism. Southeast Asia has been a theater of the Cold War as well as one of the most enduring examples of regional cooperation as represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With the rise of China and India in its neighborhood and the looming prospects of a new phase of great power rivalry in the region, Southeast Asia’s future remains as uncertain as its past; even the very term Southeast Asia remains contested. Amitav Acharya’s new book “The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region,” (ISEAS and Cornell, 2012) offers a comprehensive historical account of the key forces and developments that have shaped the regional order of Southeast Asia, including the aftermath of the financial crisis of 1997, security affairs after September 2001, the substantial changes wrought by the rise of China as a regional and global actor and the role of the United States in the regional order.  This event was held on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the East-West Center in Washington.

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