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Soldiers And Stability In Southeast Asia
Soldiers And Stability In Southeast Asia
Edited by J. Soedjati Djiwandono and Yong Mun Cheong
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1988, 349 pp

This volume, part of a series sponsored by Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, has separate chapters on the political role of the military country by country. There is an outstanding overview by Harold Crouch which divides the region into four categories: countries such as Indonesia and Burma where the military is clearly dominant; Thailand and the Philippines where the military is a major but not controlling political force; Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei where military influence is limited to security issues; and the communist regimes of Indochina where the military is controlled by the communist party. Crouch argues that the crucial factor in economic development is not the extent to which the military plays a role in government but the degree of political stability which may or may not be enhanced by military participation in government.