Focus and Scope

The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, published by the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) in Hamburg, is an internationally refereed journal. The publication focuses on current developments in international relations, politics, economics, society, education, environment and law in Southeast Asia. The topics covered should not only be oriented towards specialists in Southeast Asian affairs, but should also be of relevance to readers with a practical interest in the region.

For more than three decades, the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs (formerly Südostasien aktuell) has regularly provided – six times per year and in German - insightful and in-depth analyses of current issues in political, social and economic life; culture; and development in Southeast Asia. It continues to be devoted to the transfer of scholarly insights to a wider audience and is the leading academic journal devoted exclusively to this region. Interested readers can access the abstracts and tables of contents of earlier issues of the journal via the webpage

In 2006 the journal was re-established as a peer-reviewed, academic journal. Publication has been reduced to four issues a year (as of 2013 three issues), and an international editorial board has been established to ensure high-quality content. Articles to be published should be written in English and submitted exclusively to this publication; the journal does not charge its authors any fee. The Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs is devoted to the transfer of scholarly insights to a wide audience. The topics covered should therefore not only be orientated towards specialists in Southeast Asian affairs, but should also be of relevance to readers with a practical interest in the region. The journal's articles examine political, social and economic developments in all 11 countries of the region (Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), as well as intra-regional (ASEAN) and transregional relations (ASEAN-China, ASEAN-US, etc.). There is also a book review section which covers new publications on Southeast Asia.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

It is the responsibility of the editorial team to maintain high editorial standards and to ensure that the journal fulfils its stated mission. When a paper is submitted, the editor first decides if it is suitable for inclusion and falls within the journal's subject area. If the article is peripheral to the journal's area of interest, either it will be rejected immediately or the editor will ask the author to resubmit it following revision. After this first step, each article is evaluated through a double-blind peer review. The editorial team selects two (sometimes three) independent reviewers who conduct research or work in the same area as the author and are subject specialists. In the double-blind process, all information in the paper which identifies the author is removed; the paper is transformed into a secure PDF file and sent to the reviewers. The reviewers then judge the paper and return it to the editors, who pass the reviewers' anonymous comments back to the author. Anonymity is strictly maintained, particularly when rejection or revision is advised. Neither the author nor the reviewers know each other's identity. If the reviewers request that an article be revised, the author has the opportunity to amend the article and resubmit it for review. At this second review stage, the editorial team decides if the alterations the author has made have taken into account all the points raised in the initial reviews. Accordingly, the paper will be accepted or will receive a final rejection.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate Open Access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Privacy Statement

The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal's site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The journal adheres strongly to the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All instances of publishing misconduct, including, but not limited to, plagiarism, data fabrication, image/data manipulation to falsify/enhance findings, etc., will result in rejection/retraction of the manuscript in question.


Editorial Board

Amitav Acharya, American University Washington
Filomeno V. Aguilar Jr., Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Muthiah Alagappa, East West Centre, Washington
Alice D. Ba, University of Delaware, Newark
Mark Beeson, The University of Western Australia, Perth
Anne Booth, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Mely Caballero Anthony, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NUS, Singapore
Robert Cribb, Australian National University, Canberra
Aurel Croissant, University of Heidelberg
Jörn Dosch, Institute of Politics and Administrative Sciences, University of Rostock
Renaud Egreteau, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington
Donald K. Emmerson, Stanford University
Andrée Feillard, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris
Adam Fforde, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Melbourne
Michele Ford, University of Sydney
Terence Gomez, University of Malaya
Jürgen Haacke, London School of Economics
Eva-Lotta E. Hedman, London School of Economics (LSE)
Kevin Hewison, Emeritus Professor of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lily Kong, Singapore Management University
Stephanie Lawson, Macquarie University, Sydney
Luan Thuy Duong, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam
Rémy Madinier, Centre Asie du Sud-Est (CASE), Paris
Helen E. S. Nesadurai, Monash University, Sunway Campus Malaysia
Farish A. Noor, RSIS, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Emma E. Porio, Ateneo de Manila University
Amien Rais, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jogjakarta
Philippe Régnier, University of Ottawa
Garry Rodan, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Perth
Bhawan Ruangsilp, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Jürgen Rüland, University of Freiburg
Amri Baharuddin Shamsul, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Monique Skidmore, University of Tasmania, Hobart
Ani Widyani Soetjipto, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta
David Steinberg, Georgetown University, Washington
Richard Stubbs, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
TERADA Takashi, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Pushpathavi Thambipillai, ISEAS Singapore
Mark Thompson, City University of Hong Kong
Olle Tørnquist, University of Oslo
Claire Tran Thi Liên, Université Paris Diderot
TSUBOI Yoshiharu, Waseda University, Tokyo


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