December 5: The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region

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November 27, 2012: Amitav Acharya
(Click to enlarge) Left to Right: Dr. Amitav Acharya, chair of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University and Dr. Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center in Washington, display Dr. Acharya's latest book on Southeast Asia.
(Click to enlarge) Left to Right: Dr. Amitav Acharya, chair of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University and Dr. Satu Limaye, director of the East-West Center in Washington, display Dr. Acharya's latest book on Southeast Asia.

The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region

WASHINGTON, DC (December 5, 2012) – The international relations of Southeast Asia have gone through profound changes in recent decades. The history of the region has been shaped by cultural, ideational and political influences from India and China and Western and Japanese colonialism. In more recent times, Southeast Asia has been a theatre of the Cold War, featuring significant regional conflict as well as one of the most enduring examples of regional cooperation in the developing world as represented by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). With the rise of China and India in its neighbourhood 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.

Addressing these themes, Dr. Amitav Acharya launched his latest book “The Making of Southeast Asia: International Relations of a Region,” (ISEAS and Cornell, 2012) at a public program at the East-West Center in Washington. Developing a framework to study “what makes regions”, he offere a comprehensive historical account of the key forces and developments that 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.

Dr. Amitav Acharya is Professor of International Relations and the Chair of the ASEAN Studies Center at American University, Washington, D.C. He is the author of Whose Ideas Matter?: Agency and Power in Asian Regionalism (Cornell, 2009), Constructing a Security Community in Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Problem of Regional Order (Routledge, 2001, 2009) and Civilizations in Embrace: India and Southeast Asia in the Classical Age (ISEAS 2012).