Since its inception in 1974, Southeast Asian Affairs (SEAA) has been an indispensable annual reference for generations of policy-makers, scholars, analysts, journalists, and others. Succinctly written by regional and international experts, SEAA illuminates significant issues and events of the previous year in each of the Southeast Asian nations and the region as a whole. Southeast Asian Affairs 2008 provides an informed and readable analysis of the events and developments in the region in 2007. In the regional section of this volume, the first three articles provide the political and economic overview of Southeast Asia and the region, while the fourth and fifth examine ASEAN at its fortieth year. Eleven country reviews as well as four special theme articles follow, delving into domestic political, economic, security, and social developments during 2007 and their implications for countries in the region and beyond.