This series comprises papers presented at ISIS seminars organised to discuss issues of the day. The wide-ranging selection includes papers on oil prices, the tin crisis, federalism, university places and privatisation.


Harold Crouch
1985 12pp RM4.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-99974-1-3

Marcos’ imposition of martial law in the Philippines in 1972 triggered off a chain of events which was to change Philippine politics. The writer traces the developments from 1972-75 for this insight into the Philippine crisis.

Options for a creative response

Doh Joon Chien
1986 30pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947018-0

The problem of providing university places for Malaysian students is one which is becoming acute. Besides foreign education, this paper suggests that the country has to look for more creative solutions such as off-campus programmes, community colleges, open universities, and private universities to fulfil its requirements.

Where do we go from here?

Vahan Zanoyan
1986 llpp RM5.00/US$2.50 ISBN 967-947-001-6

This paper provides a background to the events in the international oil market just before the onset of the 1985/86 oil crisis. Although rapidly~changing developments overtook some predictions, the writer’s ability to foresee the ‘extreme scenario’ which did result lends credence to some of the medium- and longer-term scenarios painted.


Gill Burke
1986 26pp RM5.50/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-002-4

The writer delves into the history of previous tin agreements and the formation of the International Tin Council to seek some explanations to the crisis which faced the tin industry in 1985/86. The problems facing the ITC and the factors which brought about its downfall are also examined before worldwide effects likely to result from the chaotic situation are predicted.


J R Pouvatchy
1986 14pp RM4.50/US$2.50 ISBN 967-99974-9-9

In this analysis of the extent to which Cambodia has been ‘Vietnamised’, the writer delves into the historical relationship between Vietnam and Cambodia before Vietnam’s 1979 invasion and the political motivation behind its Vietnamese policy towards its Khmer neighbours.

Rebound and takeoff

Bunyaraks Ninsananda
1988 llpp RM4.00/US$2.00 ISBN 967-947-081-4

Thailand’s economic performance in the rnid-1980s, when economies worldwide were in the doldrums, has definitely been remarkable. But the picture was not always so rosy. In the early 1980s, Thailand had gone through its share of economic difficulties. This paper traces Thailand’s economic performance in the mid to late eighties and the sources and characteristics of its growth, to show how Thailand attained its economic achievements. Some of the constraints and development issues which must be tackled if the high growth is to be sustained are also discussed.


Dennis Renton
1996 6pp RM2.50/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-207-8

The South Pacific Regional Peacekeeping Force (SPRPKF) was put together and financed by the Papua New Guinea Government to provide security for the Bougainville Peace Conference in October 1994. Direct Papua New Guinean experience of international peacekeeping is thus confined to the role of inviting, arranging and hosting the SPRPF. Though the force was called in to assist in the resolution of an internal crisis, some general lessons can be drawn from this experience, as this paper outlines.

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