Asia Times Features Review of ‘Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future’

September 19, 2023 — Asia Times highlights a book review by Southeast Asia regional security expert Benjamin Zawacki, focusing on “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War.” The book is authored by Thomas Parks, the Country Representative of The Asia Foundation in Thailand.

A century ago, American humorist Robert Benchley quipped that there are “two classes of people in the world; those who constantly divide the people of the world into two classes, and those who do not.” Thomas Parks does not.

In a new book, “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War” (Bloomsbury), Parks challenges those who divide the Indo-Pacific into two poles – one Chinese, the other American – and who argue, therefore, that Southeast Asia must divide the bulk of its attention between them. Instead of two poles, he sees many.

For even more about “Southeast Asia’s Multipolar Future: Averting a New Cold War,” listen to our interview with Thomas Parks and Ambassador Scot Marciel on the InAsia podcast.

Related programs: Regional and International Relations
Related topics: ASEAN

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