Political Science | Southeast Asian Political Systems
Y336 | 27502 | Jones


The eleven independent states that comprise Southeast Asia—Brunei,
Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma),
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam--are characterized by
striking differences and commonalities in their histories—including
migration patterns, colonial legacy, and Cold War roles--and in
formative social conditions—including ethnicity, religion, and
economic status. The political and economic systems arising in this
context are as diverse and dynamic as in any region of the world.
The critical issues in play—nationally and regionally--include
conflict, human rights, and security; economic development;
democratization; regionalism and cooperation with special focus on
ASEAN; international relations with Asian powers and the U.S.; and
environmental degradation.

A combination of approaches from comparative politics, international
relations, and policy analysis will be employed to achieve an
understanding of the dynamics of Southeast Asia. Assigned readings
include Clark Neher, Southeast Asia in the New International Era,
Donald Weatherbee, International Relations in Southeast Asia, and a
variety of internet accessible sources. Midterm and final exams will
be given as will a term project proposing solutions to regional
challenges.