Primary thanks for this work go to Dr Nicholas Khoo, who is responsible for first sparking my interest in the Southeast Asian region over a decade ago. His extensive knowledge, excellent guidance and constructive feedback allowed this project to come into fruition. I would also like to thank the University of Otago, New Zealand for doctoral scholarship funding which allowed me to pursue this project, and the university politics department for providing a welcoming and stimulating academic environment in which to conduct my PhD. Professor Robert Patman’s role as informal mentor during this period was critical, and his advice continues to prove invaluable as I embark upon my career.
I am deeply indebted to the many friends who have offered words of encouragement and support when needed most. Particular mention goes to colleagues at the Centre for International Security and Resilience at Cranfield University, and the Politics and International Relations department at Aston University. I would also like to express my thanks to Bristol University Press editor Stephen Wenham, for recognising this project’s worth and pushing it forward through the production process. Feedback from PhD examiners and book reviewers has proved vital, and the finished product is better for their constructive comments and suggestions.
This book wouldn’t have been possible without the love and support of my partner Nik, who travelled to the other side of the world and back to join me on my PhD journey. This would mean little if not for him. The book is dedicated in loving memory of my parents.
Content from Chapters 1, 3 and 5 is originally published in Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Vol 2 No 2, and Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, Vol 3 No 2, and appears here with thanks and permission of © SAGE Publications India Private Limited, New Delhi. (p.x)