Northeast Asia's Stunted Regionalism: Bilateral Distrust in the Shadow of Globalization

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Although Northeast Asia could be on the verge of becoming the world's third great region, expanding economic ties have not been supported by security cooperation and trust. Gilbert Rozman traces the problems in establishing regionalism over 15 years. Relying on many sources in the languages of the region, he offers a detailed picture of conflicting strategies in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea. While covering U.S. globalization policies, he draws attention to debates about bilateral relations in the four countries, along with shifting outcomes over six periods.

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"This book is undoubtedly an invaluable addition to the literature on Northeast Asia and represents a thorough and highly accessible overview of the highs and lows of regionalism in the 1990s. The detail and analysis throughout the book is impressive, and each chapter represents an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the most significant issues in the region in the last ten to fifteen years." - Caroline Rose, University of Leeds

"This book provides an excellent narrative on Northeast Asian affairs since the late 1980s. It also offers insightful and practical ideas in the concluding chapter on how to improve relations between Northeast Asian countries." - Christopher M. Dent, University of Leeds

"...a meticulously researched tome, and it will be of interest to scholars of East Asia, regionalism, and interstate relations...Rozman brings a breadth of knowledge and language skills that allow him to carry out research that is truly grounded in a variety of countries...a volume that is both deep and extensive in its research agenda. This book will set a standard for research on regionalism for years to come." —Doug Guthrie, New York University: American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521835657
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 401
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Rozman is Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. He is the author or editor of many books, including Japan and Russia: The Tortuous Path to Normalization, 1949–1999 (2000).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the challenge of the NEA region; 2. Exiting the 1980s: cold war logic and national aspirations; 3. 1991–3: border fever and cross-border duplicity; 4. 1994–6: civilization bridges and historical distrust; 5. 1997–8: strategic partnerships and national rivalries; 6. 1999–2000: sunshine policies and security dilemmas; 7. 2001–3: unilateralism and irrepressible regionalism; 8. Conclusion: lessons for constructing regionalism in NEA.

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