Malaysia's Foreign Policy, the First Fifty Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism

Malaysia's Foreign Policy, the First Fifty Years: Alignment, Neutralism, Islamism

Johan Saravanamuttu

Format: Print Book

ISBN: 9789814279789

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This book captures Malaysia's foreign policy over the first fifty years and beyond since the date of the country's formal independence in 1957. The author provides "macro-historical" narratives of foreign policy practices and outcomes over distinct time periods under the tenures of the five prime ministers. One chapter delves into relations with immediate neighbouring states and another chapter analyses the political economy of foreign policy. A postscript deals with the transition of foreign policy beyond the fifth decade. The concluding chapter suggests that Malaysian middlepowermanship has been in the making in foreign policy practice being particularly evident since the Mahathir years. Employing a critical-constructivist approach throughout the study, the author posits that foreign policy should be appreciated as outcomes of socio-political-economic processes embedded within a Malaysian political culture. In terms of broad policy orientations, Malaysian foreign policy over five decades has navigated over the terrains of neutralism, regionalism, globalization and Islamism. However, the critical engagement of civil society in foreign policy construction remains a formidable challenge.

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Preliminary pages
1. Introduction: Framing the Study of Foreign Policy
2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
3. Engaging the Cold War 1957-63
4. Transition to Neutralism 1964-69
5. Consitituting Change with Innovation 1970-75
6. Consolidating Regionalism in a Changing World, 1976-77
7. Confronting Globaization with Iconoclasm, 1981-96
8. Crisis, Recovery, and Denouement of an Era, 1997-2003
9. Embedding Islam, Embracing Globalization, 2004-08
10. Explaining Relations with Neighbours: Antipathies of History, Ethnicty, and Intimacy
11. The Political Economy of Foreign Policy: Dilemmas of a Developmental State
12. Postscript: The Leadership Change 2009
13. Conclusion: Middlepowermanship in Foreign Policy
About the Author
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Subjects:History & Theory

Number of Pages: 389


Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Publication Date: 40417

Format: PB

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