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The December issue of Pacific Affairs issue_image_88_4_ Border Trade by Boat_Leeconsists of five articles. The first of these, authored by Sang Kook Lee, is titled, “Behind the Scenes: Smuggling in the Thailand-Myanmar Borderland.” Here the author investigates the “behind the scenes” informal economic activities in the Thailand-Myanmar borderland with a focus on unauthorized Burmese merchants, the unofficial movement of goods, and the nexus of ethnic politics and border trade.

Next, in “The Politics of Regulating Elections in South Korea: The Persistence of Restrictive Campaign Laws,” Erik issue_image_88_4_Regulating Elections in SK_SK ballots_MobrandMobrand argues how an array of restrictive laws limits political discussion and participation during election campaigns in South Korea. These regulations can seem out of place given the vibrancy of South Korea’s civil society and the entrance of many former activists into party politics. Through a study of the evolution of laws on campaigning, this article examines the ways an established party elite has appropriated predemocratic institutions of electoral governance.

In their article, “Central America, China and the U.S.: What Prospects for Development?” authors Rolando Avendaño issue_image_88_4_Central Am China US_bananas_costa rica_Avendanaand Jeff Dayton-Johnson examine how Central American countries remain among the poorest of Latin America, and have not benefited from booming Chinese demand in the region. The authors then study Central America’s evolving relationship with China through the lens of trade, finance, and aid. The article concludes with a number of long-term considerations for the region’s development vis-à-vis China’s presence.

In the next article, “A Shared History?: Postcolonial Identity and India-Australia Relations, 1947–1954,” author Alexander Davis looks at issue_image_88_4_Educating the Other_Modi in Australian Parliament_Davishow policy-makers and commentators have recently become immensely enthusiastic about India-Australia relations, narrating the relationship as built on “shared history” and “shared values.” Based on largely unexplored archival materials, this article performs a postcolonial ideational analysis of India-Australia relations immediately following Indian independence. The author argues that, far from underpinning the relationship, colonial histories and postcolonial identities have played a defining role in fracturing India-Australia relations.

Finally, in “Context and Comparison in Southeast Asia: The Practical Side of the Area Studies-Discipline Debate (A Response to the Special issue_image_88_4_Context and Comparison in SE Asia Studies_OstwaldIssue of Pacific Affairs: ‘Context, Concepts and Comparison in Southeast Asian Studies’ [vol. 87, no. 3]),” authors Kai Ostwald and Paul Schuler examine the practical dimension of the debate between discipline-oriented and area-oriented research on Southeast Asia. The authors use job market data and interviews with junior scholars to argue that structural factors like hiring and promotion requirements nudge junior scholars towards addressing disciplinary audiences, which ultimately influences research output.

In addition we also have 40 reviews of books and films.  For additional details we invite you to visit our Current Issue Page.



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Pacific Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal committed to advancing empirical and conceptual knowledge in the field of Asia Pacific-focussed area studies. We view area studies as combining serious commitment to original research on specific regions and countries in Asia and the Pacific with insights and analytical rigour derived from multiple disciplines and various theoretical perspectives.



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Impact Factor Score: .562 (22 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 to articles published in 2012 and 2013.

5-Year Impact Factor Score: 0.855 (16 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 to articles published from 2009 to 2013

Immediacy Index Score: 0.087 (23 out of 65 Area Studies journals) – cites in 2014 of articles published in 2014

Article Influence® Score: 0.451 (17 out of 65 Area Studies journals)

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Note: We maintain a sustained and in-depth intellectual and administrative interest in the various debates concerning the uses, meanings, and limits of bibliometric indexes such as the annual JCR reports. We list the information above not as an unthinking endorsement of the use of these indexes to define notions of “quality,” but as information that forms part of a larger set of ongoing attempts to map the patterns and understand the meanings of scholarly communications in the digital age. Although Pacific Affairs embraces careful and contextualized use of all bibliometric data, our view is that the 5-Year Impact Factor (regardless of our absolute and/or relative numbers) is likely the most significant measure, given that we aspire to publish articles that based on the depth of empirical research and the clarity of the arguments will ideally retain their relevance for at least five years after their publication.



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Pacific Affairs is a peer-reviewed, independent, and interdisciplinary scholarly journal focussing on important current political, economic and social issues throughout Asia and the Pacific. Each issue contains approximately five new articles and 40-45 book reviews. Published continuously since 1928 under the same name, Pacific Affairs has been located on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, since 1961. The journal is committed to providing to the scholarly community and the world at large high quality research on Asia and the Pacific that takes readers beyond the headlines and across multiple disciplines.


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Pacific Affairs is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), MasterFILE Premier, Public Affairs Information Service and PAIS ARCHIVE, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, World Affairs Online and Bibliography of Asian Studies. We are both indexed and have abstracts of articles appear in Web of Science, GEOBASE, Canadian Periodical Index, Academic Search Complete, CBCA Complete, Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts, America: History and Life, Public Administration and CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. Ingenta is the electronic provider for our online subscriptions. Pacific Affairs was selected as one of the first journals to join the JSTOR archives at their inception and has a four year moving wall.


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