Trends in Southeast Asia

The Trends in Southeast Asia series serves as in-depth analysis of contemporary geopolitical and socio-economic forces in the region. The series is written for policymakers, diplomats, scholars and students of the region with emphasis on empirical and observable trends, and less on theory-building or historical accounts of events.

The aim of Trends is to offer concrete accounts of the dynamism in the region as transnational processes impact local communities, national governments as well as bilateral and foreign relations. Subjects that are of interest to the series are national elections; economic patterns and growth; demographic changes and their social implications; migratory patterns; religious and ethnic trends; bilateral relations and geopolitics in the region in relation to the larger powers of Japan, China and the US. This series undergoes a peer-review process.


Indonesia-China Energy and Mineral Ties Broaden by Zhao Hong and Maxensius Tri Sambodo



Strategic Possibilities and Limitations for Abe’s Japan in Southeast Asia by John Lee




Explaining China’s 2 + 7 Initiative Towards ASEAN by David Arase



China’s New Maritime Silkroad: Implications and Opportunities for Southeast Asia by Zhao Hong



The Armed Forces in Myanmar Politics: A Terminating Role? by Robert H. Taylor



China’s Quest for Energy in Southeast Asia: Impact and Implications by Zhao Hong



Crown Property Bureau in Thailand and its Role in Political Economy by Porphant Ouyyanont



Yunnanese Chinese in Myanmar: Past and Present by Yi Li



Democracy Thwarted: The Crisis of Political Authority in Thailand by Charles Keyes



The Politics of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank by Tang Siew Mun