The Malaysian International Affairs Forum and the department of history at the University of Malaya have launched a series of seminars on U.S.-Japan-ASEAN relations in order to supplement the official dialogue. There is an excellent chapter on U.S.-ASEAN relations by Hans Indorf, a penetrating assessment by Sukhumbhand Paribatra of Thailand's perception of security, and a first-class chapter by K. S. Nathan on the evolution of U.S.-Soviet rivalry in Asia. The editors conclude with a cogent plea for closer interaction among the three major political actors in Pacific Asia.
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