What is the significance of the recent elections in Malaysia? What can we expect from Indonesia’s Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term? Will Thailand’s military governance carry over? What are some Southeast Asian countries doing about China’s aggressive posture in the South China Sea? This course will attempt to answer these questions and many others while explaining the politics that govern the 11 countries of Southeast Asia extending from Myanmar to Timor Leste. The emphasis will be on the post-independence period. This exploration should further a general understanding of the region.