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Hard Interests, Soft Illusions: Southeast Asia and American Power

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In Hard Interests, Soft Illusions, Natasha Hamilton-Hart explores the belief held by foreign policy elites in much of Southeast Asia Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam that the United States is a relatively benign power. She argues that this belief is an important factor underpinning U.S. preeminence in the region, because beliefs inform ...more
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Cornell University Press (first published 2012)
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The disciplines that study international affairs generally start with a baseline assumption of a rational actor who looks out to the world and coldly calculates national interests, objectives, identifies threats and in turn, fashions a strategy. This picture of a homo strategist however, is a myth.

In this clever book, Natasha Hamilton-Hart examines why Southeast Asian nations tend to support the United States. Rather than simply being a question of objective alignment with their national interes
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