Korea and East Asia: The Stony Road to Collective Security

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Will the twenty-first century be the Asian century? Will the People’s Republic of China overtake the United States as the leading global superpower? Will an armed conflict break out on the Korean peninsula, and can it be contained? While opinions differ strongly, there seems to be a certain consensus that the East Asian region, roughly defined as Northeast Asia (China, the two Koreas, Japan and the Russian Far East) plus Southeast Asia (ASEAN), will be ever more globally significant in the years to come. This ...

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Overview

Will the twenty-first century be the Asian century? Will the People’s Republic of China overtake the United States as the leading global superpower? Will an armed conflict break out on the Korean peninsula, and can it be contained? While opinions differ strongly, there seems to be a certain consensus that the East Asian region, roughly defined as Northeast Asia (China, the two Koreas, Japan and the Russian Far East) plus Southeast Asia (ASEAN), will be ever more globally significant in the years to come. This book critically addresses the potential of the liberal concept of collective security to provide a solution, with a focus on the Korean peninsula.

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Rüdiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds., 2010) Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia; (ed., 2011) Exploring North Korean Arts; and (with J. Hoare, P. Köllner and S. Pares, eds., 2011) Korea 2011: Politics, Economy, and Society.

John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960 (2005). In addition, he is the editor of The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret US-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations (2002). His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

List of Contributors ix

Introduction: Security Issues for Northeast Asia Rudiger Frank 1

Collective Security: The OSCE and the European Experience Colin Munro 25

Collective Security, a European Experience: The Italian Approach Based on Engagement with the DPRK Roberta Ballabio 41

Security Spirals and Threat Perceptions: China and (Non-) Collective Security Nele Noesselt 59

Commentary on Papers by Colin Munro, Roberta Ballabio and Nele Noesselt Rosemary Foot 83

The Role of the United States in the International Relations of East Asia: Still a Leader? David C. Kang Leif-Eric Easley 89

The Role of Japan in the International Relations of East Asia John Swenson-Wright 105

Russia and Asian Integration Models: The SCO Experience and Ideas for Northeast Asia Georgy Toloraya 127

Strategic Choices and Political Paralysis in the Korean Crisis: Commentary on Papers by David C. Kang/Leif-Eric Easley, John Swenson-Wright and Georgy Toloraya Hazel Smith 149

South Korea's Foreign Policy and East Asia Chaesung Chun 155

North Korea's Place in East Asian International Relations Haksoon Paik 181

The Six Party Talks and Implications for Peninsular and Regional Peace and Security Chung-in Moon 217

Commentary on Papers by Chung-in Moon, Chaesung Chun and Haksoon Paik James Hoare 241

ASEM and Europe-Asia Relations Sung-Hoon Park 249

East Asian Regional Models of Collective Security: The East Asian Community Scott Snyder 263

Commentary on Papers by Sung-Hoon Park and Scott Snyder Julie Gilson 281

Index 287

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