The International Relations of Northeast Asia

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Is Northeast Asia primed for peace or ripe for great-power rivalry? In this turbulent region, all the world-order challenges of arms control and disarmament, global North-South tensions, human rights and humanitarian intervention, environmental protection and eco-development, and democratization and humane governance are concentrated. More than any other part of the world, the divided Korean peninsula is the strategic crossroad where the four major regional/global powers—the United States, Russia, China, and ...

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Overview

Is Northeast Asia primed for peace or ripe for great-power rivalry? In this turbulent region, all the world-order challenges of arms control and disarmament, global North-South tensions, human rights and humanitarian intervention, environmental protection and eco-development, and democratization and humane governance are concentrated. More than any other part of the world, the divided Korean peninsula is the strategic crossroad where the four major regional/global powers—the United States, Russia, China, and Japan—uneasily interact. This authoritative work explores the complex and evolving interplay of national, regional, and global forces influencing Northeast Asia's security, economy, and identity. Written by a team of leading scholars, the book presents a variety of theoretical perspectives and case studies to offer a comprehensive analysis of the pressures that shape the policy choices of China, Russia, Japan, the United States, North and South Korea, and Taiwan. The authors' historically and culturally informed narratives help track and explain the changes and continuities of relationships within the region and with the United States and Russia. Concise and current, this book will be essential reading for all those concerned with the role of a changing Northeast Asia in world politics.

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Editorial Reviews

International Affairs
An outstanding survey of the pattern and character of conflict and cooperation in North-East Asia....An empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated analysis [that] will be of considerable use to students, scholars, and policy-makers alike.
Rosemary Foot
A very welcome addition to the small but growing number of books that deal with East Asia in a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded manner. It will be particularly valuable to teachers and researchers on the international relations of the world.
Pacific Affairs, Vol. 78, No. 1 Spring 2005 - Hyon Joo Yoo
Among many books and articles on Northeast Asia, Samuel S. Kim's recently edited book is a collection of particularly insightful analyses. The authors in this volume correctly perceive the major issues facing Northeast Asia and provide an astute assessment of the region's past, current, and future dynamics. This book delves into questions that are empirically important and theoretically salient. It also harmonizes useful analyses to understand the complexity of Northeast Asia. For undergraduate and graduate students in the field of international relations, this edited volume is a sound textbook for grasping the dynamic interactions in Northeast Asia, and for exploring the theoretical applications for central economic, political and security issues.
Robert A. Scalapino
A group of our foremost scholars provides an excellent overview of the contemporary scene, dealing with its complexities in a penetrating fashion. These essays will provide the readers with an understanding of one of the most crucial regions of today's world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742516946
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Series: Asia in World Politics Series
  • Edition number: 368
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel S. Kim teaches in the Department of Political Science and is a senior research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Part I: Theory and Practice Chapter 2 Northeast Asia in the Local-Regional-Global Nexus: Multiple Challenges and Contending Explanations Part 3 Part II: Major Power Interaction Chapter 4 China's International Relations: The Political and Security Dimensions Chapter 5 China's International Relations: The Economic Dimension Chapter 6 Japan's International Relations: The Political and Security Dimensions Chapter 7 Japan's International Relations: The Economic Dimension Chapter 8 Russian Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia Chapter 9 U.S. Foreign Policy in Northeast Asia Part 10 Part III: Flashpoints in the Divided Nations Chapter 11 South Korea's International Relations: Challenges to Developmental Realism? Chapter 12 North Korea's International Relations: The Successful Failure? Chapter 13 Taiwan's External Relations: Identity versus Security Part 14 Part IV: Region Building Chapter 15 The Emerging Northeast Asian Regional Order

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