Pavin Chachavalpongpun

From the Editor: Southeast Asia’s Artful Diplomacy?

This issue of Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia presents five case studies looking at foreign policy of five Southeast Asian nations: Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. Five contributors examine foreign policy of their chosen country, analysing its past and future trend, as well as the linkage between domestic politics and foreign relations. At the heart of the debate however lies the intensifying rivalry between the United States and China, the impact of which has cast a long shadow over the region and its stability. [...]


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KRSEA has achieved its new milestone both in terms of greater global reach and its continued promotion of indigenous languages of Southeast Asia. It is now time to celebrate our achievement with the launch of this book. At the Crossroads unravels a critical juncture in Southeast Asia, from 2017 to 2021, a juncture replete with changes, contestations and challenges facing the region, from different viewpoints: political, economic, social, and cultural. This time, we bring together all the English articles published from January 2017 to December 2020 into one volume.


From the Editor– Myanmar’s Transition Stalled: From Opening to Coup

by Kai Ostwald & Kyaw Yin Hlaing in Issue 31

The year 2020, when this project was initiated, provided a unique opportunity for reflection on critical milestones in Myanmar’s recent history: it marked a decade since the initiation of political, economic, and peace transitions, as well as five years since the National League for Democracy [...]

Transgender Studies in the Kathoeis’ Community

by Kath Khangpiboon in Issue 33

In this article, I assess the social situation of kathoeis (Thai transgender women), critiquing the development of society’s perspectives that reflect the stigmatization and discrimination that kathoeis face. Based on this critique, I make recommendations for the further study of kathoeis, using an analytic framework consisting of gender, sexuality, [...]

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