Political Issues In Southeast Asia

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AN ESSAY ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN SOUTH EAST ASIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR CURRENT REGIONAL ISSUES INTRODUCTION 1. Southeast Asia is a region with different political regimes that comprised of eleven countries. It has always been of significant geo-strategic importance with its sea frontiers across important sea routes involving the oil rich Indian Ocean region related to the strategically important Asia Pacific region. Southeast Asia is becoming increasingly importance in today’s globalised world both on relation of the significant situation that it occupies in international deal and in terms of climate change. Its honesty to trade and investment has made it a significant contribution to global economic growth trends. Economy has averaged more than 5 per cent of GDP each year in the fast-growing middle class with increasing consumption patterns interesting for manufacturers and exporters of consumption goods and services globally. 2. In this decade, Southeast Asia has figured importantly in US foreign policy. Immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks and the invasion of Afghanistan, US officials declared Southeast Asia as a “second front” in the global war against terrorism. The Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005 and other terrorist attacks in Indonesia and the Philippines confirm…show more content…
U.S. counter terrorism policy often conflates political Islam broadly defined as the use of the political process to achieve Islamic goals with terrorism. If individual Muslims are at times judged by the “Arab street” paradigm, political Islam is often viewed in the context of the “Algerian dilemma,” a reference to the 1992 election in that country that brought an Islamist party to power seeking to secular rule. To be sure, this “one man, one vote, one time” phenomenon may exist in some Southeast Asian Islamic groups. However, Southeast Asia is also home to many moderate groups that support secular government and seek to debate and decide Islamic issues through the political

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