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Regional Outlook

Southeast Asia 2004-2005

Russell Hiang-Khng Heng and Denis Hew Wei-Yen

Publication Year: 2004

Launched in 1992, Regional Outlook is an annual publication of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, published every January. Designed for the busy executive, professional, diplomat, journalist or interested observer, Regional Outlook provides a succinct analysis of current political and economic trends shaping the region, and the outlook for the forthcoming two years. This forward-looking book contains focused political commentaries and economic forecasts on all ten countries in Southeast Asia, as well as a select number of topical pieces of significance to the region.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Regional Outlook was launched in 1992. Designed for the busy executive, professional, diplomat, journalist, and interested observer who face severe time constraints, this annual offers a succinct analysis of political and economic trends in the countries of Southeast Asia and the outlook for the forthcoming two years. ...

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pp. ix-x

Three key political features of 2003 will continue to mark the regional climate in 2004. They are the U.S. war in Iraq, the spectre of terrorism and leadership changes in a few ASEAN countries. ...

I: Political Outlook 2004–2005

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The Asia-Pacific Security Environment

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pp. 2-6

Southeast Asia’s external security environment has remained relatively benign. This can be expected to continue into 2004–05. U.S.–China relations will remain mostly steady and peaceful because it is in the interest of both powers at this point of history to strengthen co-operation and manage issues that can cause bilateral tensions and conflict. ...

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The ASEAN-10

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pp. 7-44

The most important challenge for Brunei in 2003 was resolving land and maritime border problems with its closest neighbour, Malaysia. Both sides tried to play down the issue but a flurry of meetings between the most senior leaders of the two countries attest to its gravity. ...

II: Economic Outlook 2004 –2005

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Regional Economic Trends

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pp. 46-51

Southeast Asia suffered a setback on its road to economic recovery in 2003. In the first half of 2003, regional economies were particularly affected by the Iraq War and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. However, the relatively quick passing of these two major events as well as economic recoveries …

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WTO at the Crossroads and the Road Ahead for ASEAN

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pp. 52-54

In November 2001, the Doha Round was launched with much fanfare, and it was hailed as a “development round”, promising real progress for the poorer nations. The Doha agenda was an ambitious one, aiming to cut barriers in highly protected economic sectors such as agriculture and services, and to write rules on new issues ...

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ASEAN and India: New Phase of an Emerging Economic Relationship

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pp. 55-58

ASEAN’s engagement with India has seen some important milestones for deepening economic and political relations ever since the end of the Cold War and India’s determined pursual of a Look East Policy since 1991.1 It began with its interaction as a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN in 1992 ...

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Revisiting the Law and Development Paradigm in ASEAN

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pp. 59-61

The last two decades has witnessed a renewed interest in the role of the law in the development paradigm. Pointedly in the context of ASEAN it became more apparent in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis of 1997–98. Furthermore, there are other contributing factors which include globalization, ...

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The ASEAN-10

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pp. 62-97

Things are looking brighter for Brunei in 2004 and 2005. Many internal as well as external dynamics offer promising prospects that, if fully realised, could mean that Brunei would be one step closer to achieving a truly diversified and growing economy in the coming years. ...

Selected Sources of Data

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pp. 98

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The Contributors

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pp. 99-100

Mely Caballero-Anthony is Associate Professor at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore. She contributed the country section on the Philippines. ...

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306616
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302052

Page Count: 100
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: 1