China has made extraordinarily rapid gains in Southeast Asia since it turned its old confrontational policy on its head in 1997. The Dragon Looks South focuses closely on the past five years and is a comprehensive work that reviews all aspects of China's relations with all Southeast Asian states. Percival also distinguishes between China's goals in mainland and maritime Southeast Asia, deals with all of the major external players in Southeast Asia, not just China and the United States, and contends that various international relations schools of thought may or may not be relevant to Chinese-Southeast Asian relationships.
About the Author:
Bronson Percival, a former diplomat and professor at the U.S. Naval War College, has worked and now writes on radicalism and terrorism in Asia, national security issues in Southeast Asia, and maritime security. During his career with the U.S. Foreign Service, he reported from countries spanning an arc from Lebanon to Indonesia. After 9/11, Percival returned to the Department of State to help analyze and design policies to counter terrorism in Southeast Asia. He is now the senior advisor for Southeast Asia and Terrorism in Asia at the Center for Strategic Studies, The CNA Corporation, in Alexandria, Virginia. Percival was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, the National War College, and the University of Chicago.