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Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues

Alan Collins
Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues
ISBN: 978-1-58826-210-3
ISBN: 978-1-58826-235-6
2003/245 pages/LC: 2003046723
"Security and Southeast Asia: Domestic, Regional, and Global Issues provides a good example of how international security theory can inform an understanding of regional political dynamics.... a welcome addition to the literature."—Sheldon W. Simon, Journal of Asian Studies

"A comprehensive review of the spectrum of forces that shape security discourse and practice in the region, The invocation of critical security theory helps to frame the informed and well-rendered empirical discussion. This combination, together with an engaging writing style, makes the book a welcome contribution to the literature on Southeast Asia's international relations and a particularly useful teaching text."—Greg Felker, Contemporary Southeast Asia

"Dr. Collins' new book fulfills the longstanding need for a text that analyzes both traditional and nontraditional security issues in Southeast Asia. Written with clarity, it offers an in-depth investigation into societal, national, and regional security dynamics."—Amitav Acharya


From internal oppression in Burma to interstate conflict in the South China Sea, the people of Southeast Asia face a range of threats. This book identifies and explains the security challenges confronting the region.

Collins addresses the full spectrum of security issues, discussing the impact of ethnic tensions and competing political ideologies, the evolving role of ASEAN, and Southeast Asia's interactions with key external actors (China, Japan, and the U.S.). The final section of the book explores how the region's security issues are reflected in two current cases: the South China Sea dispute and the "war on terrorism."


Alan Collins is lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Wales, Swansea. His publications include The Security Dilemma and the End of the Cold War.


  • Introduction: Security and Southeast Asia.
  • Societal Security and Ethnic Tensions.
  • Political Security and Regime Legitimacy.
  • Traditional and Nontraditional Security.
  • Achieving Security the "ASEAN Way."
  • From Arms Length to All in Together: Managing Extraregional Powers.
  • Security Broadly Cast: From the South China Sea to the War on Terrorism.
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