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Hard Interests, Soft Illusions: Southeast Asia and American Power

Natasha Hamilton-Hart


This book explores the belief held by foreign policy elites in much of Southeast Asia—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam—that the United States is a relatively benign power. It argues that this belief is an important factor underpinning U.S. preeminence in the region, because beliefs inform specific foreign policy decisions and form the basis for broad orientations of alignment, opposition, or nonalignment. Such foundational beliefs, however, do not simply reflect objective facts and reasoning processes. The book argues that they are driven by both interests ... More

Keywords: foreign policy elites, Southeast Asia, benign power, United States, foreign policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450549
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natasha Hamilton-Hart, author
Associate Professor in the Department of Management and International Business, the University of Auckland