Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In case you missed it this semester… Southeast Asia

Interested in Southeast Asia? In this blog post, we provide a brief recap of some of our Southeast Asia  publications during this past Fall 2012 semester. 

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam. Stanford Univ. Pr. and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2012.

Professor  James G. Hershberg published Marigold:The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966.

At number four, the book was chosen as one of the Best Books of 2012 by The Washington Post.

Journal Article:

Robert Sutter, "China-Southeast Asia Relations: China Muscles Opponents on South China Sea," Comparative Connections Vol. 14, No.2 (September 2012) 

The primary focus of attention in the relationship over the summer was the dispute over territorial claims in the South China Sea as China set forth implicit choices for Southeast Asian disputants and others with an interest in the region. Two paths – one focused on a demonstration of China’s growing power and the other on positive aspects of Chinese engagement with Southeast Asia – are emerging as China continues to define its response to the conflict. Meanwhile, ASEAN struggled with finding unity in the face of disagreement among members regarding the territorial disputes. Elsewhere, China sought to reaffirm its friendly relations with Myanmar while seeking reassurance that the leadership in Naypidaw remained committed to previously agreed-upon projects.

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