Building Asia's Security

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As global economic and strategic weight shifts to Asia, countries in the region are considering how to protect themselves better in the uncertain strategic landscape of the twenty-first century. Alliances with the United States remain pivotal, but China is an ever more dominant presence. Faced with this, and with growing transnational threats such as terrorism, energy insecurity and infectious diseases. Asian governments are increasingly interested in multilateral security ...

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Overview

As global economic and strategic weight shifts to Asia, countries in the region are considering how to protect themselves better in the uncertain strategic landscape of the twenty-first century. Alliances with the United States remain pivotal, but China is an ever more dominant presence. Faced with this, and with growing transnational threats such as terrorism, energy insecurity and infectious diseases. Asian governments are increasingly interested in multilateral security cooperation.

New multilateral bodies focused solely on security have been formed, dialogue forums bring together the regional defence community, and even economics-focused organisations are now addressing the issue. There is no Asian equivalent to NATO, but both the Australian and Japanese prime ministers have called for a formal community that could include security agreements.

Yet Asia today is far from possessing a well-planned security 'architecture'. This book examines the region's unique security arrangements, and looks at how national rivalries, mutual mistrust and institutional failings frustrate the widespread desire for closer ties. It analyses the complex array of often overlapping security mechanisms and identifies their most successful features. While concluding that a monolithic Asian security structure is unlikely to emerge in the near future. It offers suggestions for developing a more effective system.

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'Comprehensive, thoughtful and timely, this is a 'must-read' book for anyone seeking to appreciate Asia's eveloving multilateral security architectures'
Professor Jia Qinguo, Peking University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415582667
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Series: Adelphi Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Security Architecture, the Asian Way 17

Security cooperation: meaning and forms 18

The appeal of 'architecture' 23

Looking to Europe 25

Grand and not-so-grand designs 28

'Architecture' as a sign of purpose 30

Chapter 2 The Current Regional Order 33

A move towards multilateralism 33

Recent multilateral security bodies 35

New dialogue forums 43

Broader bodies now focusing on security 48

Functional security mechanisms 59

Track II security multilateralism 64

Bilateral approaches, old and new 66

Table 1 Participants in Asia's multilateral processes 73

Table 2 Overlapping participation in Asian multilateral processes 75

Diagram 1: Main US military-security alliances 76

Chapter 3 Understanding the Complexities 77

Identifying the ingredients of success 78

What doesn't work 84

Lack of trust and investment 86

Untamed growth: overlap and crowding 88

Twin-track policies 90

Hedging their bets 93

A fractured architecture 97

Chapter 4 Imagining Alternatives 103

Northeast Asian security mechanism 104

ADMM-Plus 109

Asian maritime cooperation 110

Community building in Asia 112

Multilateralising the US alliance system 115

An Asian security regime? 119

Flexible coalitions 121

Other options 122

The bounds of possibility 124

Conclusion: Ways Forward 131

Building on existing benefits 134

Towards a networked approach 136

Tidying the clutter 140

Seizing the opportunity 142

Glossary 145

Notes 147

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