KRSEA Beyond the Cold War in Southeast Asia
Eva Hansson & Meredith L. Weiss

Editors’ Introduction: Beyond the Cold War in Southeast Asia

The Cold War was a period of intense conflict across Southeast Asia, marked by a bloody mix of interstate conflicts, civil wars, displacement, and genocides. The disastrous tally of human suffering and lives wasted have led many to argue that the term “Cold War” is itself a misnomer in the region. Moreover, coinciding with this period of global tension were more or less protracted national liberation struggles and the consolidation of postcolonial regimes across Southeast Asia, amplifying the impact of the Cold War as its requirements shaped alliances, ideological frames, and state and societal priorities. The Cold War was played out in domestic politics both at the level of the state and within civil society, tying both sectors, too, to the international stage and transnational actors. Western “domino theory” and fear of communism translated into broad repression of popular movements and dissent. The anticommunist “west” sought stable governments who could resist communism, even if through coercion. For its part, the communist bloc likewise supported authoritarian governments, but those with a [...]




  • Message from the Editor: This collection of articles from the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia (KRSEA) is published with the financial support of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. We have compiled all the English articles from Issue 13 (March 2013), to Issue 20 (September 2016). This period marked a turning point for KRSEA with the re-launch of the website in March 2013 and the new online archive of earlier issues. That was when I was assigned as the chief editor of the KRSEA. DOWNLOAD THE FULL MANUSCRIPT (pdf – 105 MB) Looking back to the original KRSEA, it was launched in March 2002 by CSEAS to promote exchange among the intellectual communities of Southeast Asia. The primary goal was to bring news of important publications, debates, and ideas into region-wide circulation through lively and accessible writing. [...]


Issue 25

Crime Trends and Patterns in Malaysia

This article provides a brief overview of the crime trends and patterns in Malaysia with an emphasis on the states of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor between the years 2010-2017. The purpose of this paper is […]


OTOP Nawatwithi: Fresh Air or More of the Same?

This October, the OTOP Nawatwithi project began to fully operate, as the latest avatar of the now famous OTOP policy initiated in 2001 by then-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Conceived as a poverty alleviation scheme, a […]


The Origins of Singapore’s Communicable Disease Centre: Hanging Fire

by Kah Seng Loh & Li Yang Hsu in Issue 26

Established in 1913, Singapore’s Communicable Disease Centre (CDC, formerly known as Middleton Hospital), was long in the making. Its gestation over two decades highlighted the question of government responsibility – colonial or municipal – for infectious disease control. Socially, the hospital underlined the need to persuade Asian patients to seek treatment, rather than hide and spread their illness.  The genesis of CDC was a key moment in colonial Singapore. It contributed to a slew of legislative changes in 1907 that expanded the municipal commission’s responsibility for public health and housing [...]

Book Reviews

Review– Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia

Issue 26

Title: Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia Author: Mark Thompson   Publisher: Palgrave Pivot; 1st ed. 2019 edition (December 29, 2018) 130 pages Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are […]

Review– Robert Kuok. A Memoir

Issue 26

Title: Robert Kuok. A Memoir with Andrew Tanzer Author: Andrew Tanzer  Publisher: John Beaufoy Pub  376 pages Moulded by Chaotic Times For his countrymen, the appearance of “Robert Kuok. A Memoir” on bookshelves in late […]