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Southeast Asia International Affairs


The LSE IDEAS Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme focuses on the contemporary challenges in the international affairs of Southeast Asia covering major issues of current coverage deemed of critical importance for the region and its links with a globalising world. More »|


US as a global superpower in the 21st century|

Dr Majid writes in The Star: 'Does the United States as the world’s sole superpower have the wherewithal to do something, to take the lead, in maintaining international peace and security?  There are, of course, many loaded issues to this question, not least the kind of global order that is to be sustained.'


Dr Majid in the Star: Be always alert to what’s ahead|

'There is a thesis that the use of Islam for political ends through violent means is an Arab phenomenon. It is an Arab problem.

As a result of oppressive and autocratic regimes in so many Arab countries which deny justice and human rights and destroy lives rather than provide hope and respect, the only way out is a call to arms and a response which returns the favour many times over.'


Point for ASEAN to ponder on the AEC|

Dr Majid writes in The Star: 'THE ASEAN economy, at US$2.4 trillion, the seventh largest in the world, is set to become the fourth largest on its present growth trajectory by 2030 – behind only the European Union, China and the United States.

With the third largest population in the world, Asean’s economic growth will drive one of the most expansive consumer booms, making it a magnet for multinational companies from across the globe.'


Dr Majid in The Star:  ASEAN needs to be more engaged with Indonesia|

'During the long campaigns for election to the legislative assembly in April and for the post of President in July, much concern from outside was expressed on how committed Indonesia would be to ASEAN arising from feisty statements on guarding national independence and protecting national interests by the candidates....'


Security issues at South China Sea|

'One of the black messages of the downing of MH17 is that seemingly distant disputes can cause horror and harm even to those not involved in them.' Dr Majid writes.

'International terrorism in recent times has become an agent of unexpected and gruesome death, but it was always expected conventional conflict was more definable and better contained, by territory and by international norms and conventions....'


The Philippines gets ready for AEC |

Dr Majid in the Star:  'I was in Manila last week to give the keynote address at a conference to get small and medium enterprises (SMEs) prepared for the coming Asean Economic Community (AEC). I stayed back for the programme afterwards and attended the breakout sessions.'


ASEAN political-security community challenges|

'The People’s ASEAN would not be a reality if the politics is not right – both the domestic political systems in which the people live and the wider regional order that underpins the peace, stability and prosperity of their lives.' Dr Majid writes in the Star. 


Dr Majid on Malaysia and ASEAN: Taking the chair, not warming the seat|

'It is apparent from a number of statements made by the Prime Minister and a buzz of activity that Malaysia will be taking the chair of Asean next year not just to warm the seat.

What is less apparent is a commitment to a clear articulation of a detailed plan for the next phase of Asean integration that truly reaches out to the people of the region...'


To go ahead with Trans-Pacific Partnership or not? |

'Indeed, that is the question. But not just for Malaysia and other potential partners, now numbering 11, of the United States. It is a question for the Americans as well.' Dr Majid writes in the Star.


Read Dr Majid's latest piece in International Politics  -Southeast Asian view of China’s ‘not so neighbourly’ rise|

'Nowhere in the world has the rise of China had such a massive economic impact as it has in Southeast Asia. Yet over the last few years attitudes towards China in many countries in the region have moved from being positive and benign towards becoming suspicious, perplexed and negative.'




Southeast Asian view of China’s ‘not so neighbourly’ rise
Dr Munir Majid in International Politics: 'Nowhere in the world has the rise of China had such a massive economic impact as it has in Southeast Asia. Yet over the last few years attitudes towards China in many countries in the region have moved from being positive and benign towards becoming suspicious, perplexed and negative.'

BBC News - Cambodia's Khmer Rouge trial hears closing statements
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Mari Pangestu the best candidate to lead the WTO
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Reducing Malaysia’s debt burden
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Asia and the proper governance of international institutions
Improving the governance of international institutions is now a core objective in reform of the global order, following the global financial crisis.