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The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future by Nalanda Roy (review)

The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future by Nalanda Roy (review) Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 411–13 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2l © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future. By Nalanda Roy. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016. Hardcover: 161pp. Nalanda Roy, a political science professor at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, has compiled a compact volume chronicling the maritime quarrels convulsing the South China Sea. Indeed, Roy packs so much information into so few pages that her account has an almost jittery feel to it. Her method of presenting the material makes an impression on readers, or on this one at any rate. It is unsettling. She touches on some episodes such as China’s occupation and fortification of Mischief Reef, furnishing only the barest of details. She then moves on to the next episode, then the next and the next. Veering back and forth in this manner reveals much about the political and strategic setting in Southeast Asia. More precisely, Roy’s approach conveys several impressions. First of all, Southeast Asia is a busy place. This will come as no secret to inhabitants of the region, but events at home and elsewhere http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future by Nalanda Roy (review)

The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future by Nalanda Roy (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 411–13 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2l © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future. By Nalanda Roy. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016. Hardcover: 161pp. Nalanda Roy, a political science professor at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, has compiled a compact volume chronicling the maritime quarrels convulsing the South China Sea. Indeed, Roy packs so much information into so few pages that her account has an almost jittery feel to it. Her method of presenting the material makes an impression on readers, or on this one at any rate. It is unsettling. She touches on some episodes such as China’s occupation and fortification of Mischief Reef, furnishing only the barest of details. She then moves on to the next episode, then the next and the next. Veering back and forth in this manner reveals much about the political and strategic setting in Southeast Asia. More precisely, Roy’s approach conveys several impressions. First of all, Southeast Asia is a busy place. This will come as no secret to inhabitants of the region, but events at home and elsewhere in the world commonly obscure the importance of the South China Sea for Western readers. Barring some drama — revelations about China’s constructing and arming artificial islands, or Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest antics, or another US Navy freedom-of-navigation cruise — the region tends to fade from view. It then bursts into the popular mind anew when the next newsworthy event transpires. Roy applies a damper to this cycle, helping observers avoid overreacting — or underreacting — to recent events. Second, wrangling over islands, atolls and reefs and the...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 39, No. 2 (2017), pp. 411–13 DOI: 10.1355/cs39-2l © 2017 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic The South China Sea Disputes: Past, Present, and Future. By Nalanda Roy. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2016. Hardcover: 161pp. Nalanda Roy, a political science professor at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, has compiled a compact volume chronicling the maritime quarrels convulsing the South China Sea. Indeed, Roy packs so much information into so few pages that her account has an almost jittery feel to it. Her method of presenting the material makes an impression on readers, or on this one at any rate. It is unsettling. She touches on some episodes such as China’s occupation and fortification of Mischief Reef, furnishing only the barest of details. She then moves on to the next episode, then the next and the next. Veering back and forth in this manner reveals much about the political and strategic setting in Southeast Asia. More precisely, Roy’s approach conveys several impressions. First of all, Southeast Asia is a busy place. This will come as no secret to inhabitants of the region, but events at home and elsewhere

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Aug 23, 2017

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