Handbook on the United States in Asia
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Handbook on the United States in Asia

Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era

Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

The centre of gravity in today’s global economy arguably now resides in Asia. As a result of this, the maintenance of geopolitical and economic security in Asia has become pivotal to global stability. This indispensable Handbook examines the crucial and multifaceted role of the United States as a force in the region that has been, and continues to be, necessary for the continuation of Asian prosperity.
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Chapter 4: Not just ‘ugly America’? Understanding Southeast Asian perceptions of the United States

Pichamon Yeophantong


This chapter examines contemporary Southeast Asian perceptions of the U.S. and its role in the region. In so doing, it provides insights into the major trends, policy attitudes and overall state of bilateral relations between the U.S. and Southeast Asian countries. Particular focus is given to the cases of Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Here, it is argued that Southeast Asian perceptions of the U.S. are often pragmatic, omnidirectional and ambivalent. The chapter also demonstrates how contemporary perspectives of the U.S. are not necessarily new, but can be traced back to historical images and role conceptions that had once circulated within the region.

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