Unraveling Of Island Asia?

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This edited collection takes a primary focus on security issues in Oceania, but here the word security is expanded to include such topics as domestic Indonesian and Philippine instability, environmental degradation, the work of international crime syndicates, the generic problem of post-colonial state failure, and the always overhanging concern with China?in short all of the significant troubles roiling Island Asia today.

Using this expanded notion of security and stability, the...

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Overview

This edited collection takes a primary focus on security issues in Oceania, but here the word security is expanded to include such topics as domestic Indonesian and Philippine instability, environmental degradation, the work of international crime syndicates, the generic problem of post-colonial state failure, and the always overhanging concern with China—in short all of the significant troubles roiling Island Asia today.

Using this expanded notion of security and stability, the volume pulls in new anxieties about global warming, which may submerge half of the South Pacific microstates within the next 30 years, and pollution, which covers Indonesia nad Malaysia in thick smoke now visible from space, as well as traversing the more traditional security and economic issues. Vaughn and his contributors describe a 7,000-mile swath of wobbly island states ranging from the world's fourth most populous country to tiny bogus sovereignties in thrall to globalized criminals-through which more than $1 trillion worth of goods move each year. An important resource for scholars, students, researchers, and policy makers involved with Oceania and Asian studies as well as contemporary geo-political concerns.

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Micronesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, the South Pacific, and Melanasia are each topics of chapters which discuss current security issues. Five essays on the region as a whole analyze security challenges, the role of the US, trade, financial crisis, and environmental security. The contributors are academics and government officials in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275974589
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

BRUCE VAUGHN is Adjunct Professor, Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Defense Analyst, Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Preface
Introduction: The Unraveling of Island Asia?
Pt. I Overview 1
1 Internal Conflict and Regional Security in Island Asia: Stabilizing the "Arc of Instability" 3
Pt. II State- and Territorial-Focused Chapters 17
2 Indonesia: The Regional Giant 19
3 Deep Insecurity and Political Stability: Inside Mahathir's Malaysia 31
4 Mindanao and Its Impact on Security in the Philippines 47
5 Rethinking Security in the South Pacific: Fiji and the Solomon Islands 61
6 Tensions in Micronesia 83
7 The Bougainville Peace Process: The "Pacific" Settlement of Disputes? 101
Pt. III Regionally Focused Chapters 119
8 Regional Transnational Security Challenges 121
9 External Power Engagement in Melanesia 149
10 The United States and the Region 173
11 Secur(itiz)ing the Environment: Unraveling Environmental Security in Pacific Asia 191
12 Post-Financial Crisis Assessment and AFTA-CER Trade Relations 207
Index 223
About the Editor and Contributors 231
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