This graduate course examines defence and security in Southeast Asia, introducing students to the contemporary geopolitical importance and distinctive security dynamics of Southeast Asia. To do this, the course investigates how different historical, colonial, political, religious and economic legacies affect the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia, in addition to the more generic strategies adopted by small and medium powers. It analyses the interplay between Great Power rivalry, multilateral architecture and Southeast Asian security outlooks. Students undertaking the course will be exposed to a range of theoretical perspectives for interpreting and analysing developments in Southeast Asian security and Southeast Asian security postures, ranging from strategic culture to standard realist approaches. They will develop a capacity for original, independent analysis of Southeast Asian defence strategy and security policy, in an era when Southeast Asia is of more geopolitical importance than at any time since the Vietnam War.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the contemporary geopolitical importance and security dynamics of Southeast Asian states.
- Demonstrate knowledge of how different historical, colonial, political, religious and economic legacies affect the dynamics of modern Southeast Asia.
- Critically analyse the interplay between Great Power rivalry, multilateral architecture and Southeast Asian security outlooks in determining security outcomes in the region.
- Possess a range of basic theoretical perspectives for interpreting and analysing developments in Southeast Asian security and Southeast Asian security postures, ranging from strategic culture to standard realist approaches.
- Develop capacity for original, independent analysis of Southeast Asian foreign and security policy.
- Short assignment (1,000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,4]
- Long Essay (3,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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120 hours total over semester.
Vatikiotis, Michael (2017). Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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