Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Hard Interests, Soft IllusionsSoutheast Asia and American Power$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Natasha Hamilton-Hart

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450549

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450549.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Beliefs about American Hegemony in Southeast Asia

Beliefs about American Hegemony in Southeast Asia

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Beliefs about American Hegemony in Southeast Asia
Source:
Hard Interests, Soft Illusions
Author(s):

Natasha Hamilton-Hart

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450549.003.0001

This book examines the beliefs held by foreign policymakers and practitioners in six Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines) about the international role and power of the United States. Such beliefs are foundational in the sense of making possible specific foreign policy decisions as well as underlying broad foreign policy orientations of alignment, opposition, or nonalignment. With some qualifications and exceptions, foreign policy elites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam see the United States in a relatively positive light, and specifically as a relatively benign hegemonic power. This belief underlies Southeast Asian support for a regional order in which the United States has exercised predominant power and is thus instrumental in sustaining American hegemony in the region. This book analyzes the politics behind perceptions of the United States and the question of whose perceptions matter in policy terms and argues that such perceptions are illusions, even if they are not necessarily inaccurate.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Southeast Asia, United States, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, hegemony

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.