R. James Ferguson (1994) The overlapping interconnections and conflicting interests within Southeast Asia can puzzle the outsider as well as complicate rational policy formation and diplomatic initiatives. This trend has probably increased since the end of the Cold War: with the downplaying of older geostrategic considerations based on superpower rivalries, Southeast Asia is marked by uncertainty and complexity at all levels be they international, regional or national.
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