Michael Leifer

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Michael Leifer

Michael Leifer (November 15, 1933 – March 21, 2001) was a British International Relations scholar specialising in the politics and international relations of South East Asia.[1]

He was a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and also served as its pro-director from 1991-1995.[2]

Leifer studied Political Economy at the University of Reading and subsequently took his doctorate at the London School of Economics in 1959 with a dissertation on "Zionism and Palestine in British Opinion and Policy, 1945-1949".[1]


  • Michael Leifer: Selected Works on Southeast Asia, compiled and edited by Chin Kin Wah and Leo Suryadinata, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2005
  • Dictionary of the modern politics of South-East Asia, - 3. ed. - London : Routledge, 2001
  • Asian nationalism, London : Routledge, 2000
  • Singapore's foreign policy : coping with vulnerability, London : Routledge, 2000
  • The ASEAN Regional Forum : a model for cooperative security in the Middle East, Canberra : Dept. of International Relations, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), Australian National University (ANU), 1998
  • The Asean regional forum : extending ASEAN's model of regional security, London : Oxford Univ. Press, 1996
  • Dictionary of the modern politics of South-East Asia, London : Routledge, 1995
  • Vietnam and Doi Moi : domestic and international dimensions of reform, London, 1991
  • Cambodian conflict : the final phase?, London : Centre for Security and Conflict Studies, 1989
  • ASEAN and the security of South-East Asia, London : Routledge, 1989
  • The balance of power in East Asia, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan, 1986
  • Indonesia's foreign policy, London : The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1983
  • Conflict and regional order in South-east Asia, London : International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1980
  • Malacca, Singapore, and Indonesia, Alphen aan den Rijn : Sijthoff & Noordhoff, 1978
  • Dilemmas of statehood in Southeast Asia, Vancouver : Univ. of British Columbia Press and Singapore : Asia Pacific Press, 1972
  • Constraints and adjustments in British foreign policy, London : Allen & Unwin, 1972
  • Nationalism revolution and evolution in South-East Asia, Zug : Inter Doc., 1970
  • The Philippine claim to Sabah, Zug : Inter Documentation Company, 1968
  • Cambodia : the search for security, London : Pall Mall P, 1967

Further reading[edit]

  • See Seng Tan (December 2012). "Spectres of Leifer: Insights on Regional Order and Security for Southeast Asia Today". Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs. 34 (3): 309–337. doi:10.1353/csa.2012.0023. 
  • Joseph Chinyong Liow; Ralf Emmers, eds. (2006). Order and Security in Southeast Asia: Essays in Memory of Michael Leifer. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-36366-7. 


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Adam (2001-04-09). "Obituary Professor Michael Leifer". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  2. ^ Smith, Trevor (2001-04-03). "Michael Leifer: Political scientist with unrivalled knowledge of south-east Asia". The Guardian (obituary). London. Retrieved 2008-09-06.