November 20, 2009, Mr. Mustafa Izzuddin

(Click to enlarge) Mr. Thomas Reckford and Mr. Mustafa Izzuddin discuss Malaysian relations with China, the United States, and ASEAN

Malaysia, the U.S., and China in the Post-Cold War Period: Implications for ASEAN


(Washington D.C.) November 20– Since the end of the Cold War, Malaysia’s interaction with the two great powers of China and the United States has impacted not only its own foreign policy, but also the activities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Mr. Mustafa Izzuddin discussed the relationship between Malaysia, China, the United States, and ASEAN, examining the dynamics of Malaysia’s hedging strategy between China and the United States and considering the interaction between power politics and perception among Malaysian ruling elites. He discussed how this hedging strategy has led to positive results and has provided welcome benefits for ASEAN and its affiliated institutions as a whole. This event was co-sponsored by the Malaysia-America Society of Washington DC and hosted by Mr. Thomas J. Reckford, President of the Malaysia-America Society of Washington DC.


Mustafa Izzuddinis a PhD student in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a visiting ASEAN Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is concurrently a visiting research associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, and an alumnus of the National University of Singapore. Mustafa’s doctoral thesis studies the evolution of Malaysia-China relations from 1974 to 2009 through the lenses of neoclassical realism. His research interests include the international politics of Southeast Asia with specific reference to ASEAN, and Islam and the Middle East.


Thomas J. Reckford is vice chairman of the World Affairs Council, Washington, D.C. and president at the Malaysia-America Society of Washington DC. Mr. Reckford has been a senior international analyst with the Eaton Corporation, a vice president of InterMatrix Incorporated, a senior advisor to the Government Research Corporation, and an expert consultant to the Department of Commerce. Mr. Reckford served in the Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency, in the Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy, and in U.S. Army Intelligence in France and Germany. Mr. Reckford has taught political risk analysis at Georgetown University. He is co-author of Building ASEAN: 20 Years of Southeast Asian Cooperation (Praeger, 1987).