06 March 1998
Vol 279, Issue 5356

About The Cover

A severe economic downturn has snapped a decade of rapid growth in Southeast Asia and put the region in the international spotlight. That growth had fueled an expansion in the scientific infrastructure of four major countries in the region--Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. A Special News Report, beginning on page 1465, examines what those countries have accomplished and the people behind those achievements, as well as whether that progress can be sustained in light of current conditions. [Montage: C. Faber Smith]