East-West Center Collaborates on 'Global Asia' Feature

Multi-article Journal Cover Story Highlights Economics, Security, and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 27) — The Fall 2009 edition of Global Asia , the East Asia Foundation’s journal on international affairs, has just been released, highlighting the multi-article cover story “ In the National Interest: Economics, Security and Foreign Affairs in Southeast Asia .”

The collection of articles is the culmination of a collaborative research project between the East-West Center in Washington and Global Asia that explores the relationship between economics, security, and multilateralism in respect to the conduct of foreign policy in five key Southeast Asian nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The research project aspires to answer a simple but important question: How much do a country’s economic and security relations with other nations—in the form of trade, capital and labor flows, and participation in multilateral settings—tell us about what to expect about its foreign policy? East-West Center in Washington Director Satu Limaye noted, “To this end, we partnered with Global Asia to compile a comprehensive data set for each of the five Southeast Asian countries and, in this context, asked leading scholars from these countries to provide an empirically grounded insider’s view of their country’s national interests and foreign policy.”

The experts who contributed to the Global Asia feature are:

•  Dr. Dewi Fortuna Anwar , a Research Professor for Intermestic Affairs at the Indonesian Institute of the Sciences in Jakarta, Indonesia.

•  Dr. Renato Cruz De Castro , a Professor at the International Studies Department of De La Salle University and holder of the Dr. Aurelio Calderon Professorial Chair of Philippine-American Relations.

•  Dr. Tang Siew Mun , a Senior Lecturer at the School of History, Politics and Strategic Studies at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia and concurrently a researcher at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia.

•  Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak , an Associate Professor and the Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies in the faculty of political science at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

•  Dr. Hoang Anh Tuan , Political Counselor at the Embassy of Vietnam to the United States. He was formerly Deputy Director General of the Diplomacy Academy of Vietnam.

The East-West Center ( ) is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii and Washington D.C., the Center contributes to a peaceful, prosperous, and just Asia Pacific community by serving as a vigorous hub for cooperative research, education, and dialogue on critical issues of common concern to the Asia Pacific region and the United States.

Global Asia ( ) is a journal of international affairs published by the East Asia Foundation. It aims to provide a compelling, serious, and responsible forum for distinguished thinkers, policymakers, political leaders and business people to debate the most important issues in Asia today. The East Asia Foundation ( ) was established as a non-profit organization officially registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea in January 2005. The foundation strives to promote peace and prosperity in East Asia by providing an open and creative forum for human and knowledge networking, the exchange of ideas and policy on regional cooperation and integration, and the formation of a viable regional identity. | For media inquiries, kindly contact Ray Hervandi at (202) 327-9764.