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Hard Choices: Security, Democracy, and Regionalism in Southeast Asia Paperback – December 1, 2008

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ISBN-13: 978-1931368131 ISBN-10: 1931368139

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Donald K. Emmerson heads the Southeast Asia Forum in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he is also a senior fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and affiliated with the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He has written and lectured widely on security and democracy in Southeast Asia with particular reference to Indonesia, ASEAN, and U.S. policy. Surin Pitsuwan is the secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Asia-Pacific Research Center (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931368139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931368131
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,577,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2009
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Despite the skepticism the title might provoke, this book actually does spend 300 pages discussing the interplay between ASEAN regionalism and democracy. This book serves as a useful thought piece on regionalism and democracy in Southeast Asia. Unlike most books on international relations in Southeast Asia, it actually focuses on Southeast Asia rather than China's influence in the region. It covers most of the major issues (economics is a notable exception) without the dryness of a textbook.

The book's core concept is to explore the intersection between democracy, regionalism, and security. It explores the first two admirably well, with thoughtful arguments about where ASEAN has succeeded on these issues and where it could improve. Some of the contributors focus on the role of democracy as a norm in regional relations. Many of these articles criticize ASEAN's "constructive engagement" toward Myanmar as ineffective. Others look at how politics in ASEAN's democratic countries affects regionalism. Emmerson in particular shows how Indonesia's foreign policy over the past few years has incorporated its own democratic principles.

Because Myanmar has been the most prominent failure of democracy in the region, it receives a lot of attention in the book. Kyaw Yin Hlaing's chapter provides a very good analysis of the failure of democratic reform in Myanmar. Many of the other authors use Myanmar as a case study for ASEAN foreign policy. Therefore, the book should appeal especially to those Southeast Asianists interest in Myanmar.

The book's discussion of security is less well developed. This may partially be due to the naturally difficulty of comparing three so separate concepts.
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