Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community

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In recent years, Asia has embraced a new multilateralism. From the Six-Party Talks on the Korean Peninsula to the East Asia Summit, governments now seek collaborative approaches that address the security and economic challenges of the region. Yet the underlying rivalry that has long complicated relations between international powers in Asia continues to play out as states compete for a regional order that reflects diverse values and interests. The fifteen contributors to this volume, leading experts on the region, assess whether Asia's emerging institutional architecture will move it toward shared concepts of security, prosperity, and justice-or whether Asia's future may in fact resemble its past.
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H-US-Japan - Alon Levkowitz

An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers.

An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers.

— Alon Levkowitz

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231144421
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Green is the Japan Chair and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He has served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council. His publications include Japan's Reluctant Realism and Arming Japan.

Bates Gill is CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He previously held positions as the director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies and was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies and the inaugural director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution. His most recent book is Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xi

1 Unbundling Asia's New Multilateralism Bates Gill Michael J. Green 1

Part I National Strategies for Regionalism

2 Evolving U.S. Views on Asia's Future Institutional Architecture Ralph A. Cossa 33

3 Chinese Perspectives on Building an East Asian Community in the Twenty-first Century Wu Xinbo 55

4 Regional Multilateralism in Asia and the Korean Question Lim Wonhyuk 78

5 Japan's Perspective on Asian Regionalism Akiko Fukushima 103

6 India and the Asian Security Architecture C. Raja Mohan 128

7 Australia's Pragmatic Approach to Asian Regionalism Greg Sheridan 154

8 The Strong in the World of the Weak: Southeast Asia in Asia's Regional Architecture Amitav Acharya 172

Part II The Functional Challenges

9 Emerging Economic Architecture in Asia: Opening or Insulating the Region? Amy Searight 193

10 Norms and Regional Architecture: Multilateral Institution Building in Asia and Its Impact on Governance and Democracy William Cole Erik G. Jensen 243

11 Defense Issues and Asia's Future Security Architecture Michael E. O'Hanlon 279

12 Nontraditional Security and Multilateralism in Asia: Reshaping the Contours of Regional Security Architecture Mely Caballero Anthony 306

13 Challenges to Building an Effective Asia-Pacific Security Architecture Brendan Taylor William T. Tow 329

Appendix Selected List of Principal Regional Institutions in Asia 351

Contributors 357

Index 363

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