As the world's most dynamic region, Asia embodies explosive economic growth, diverse political systems, vibrant societies, modernizing militaries, cutting-edge technologies, rich cultural traditions amid globalization, and strategic competition among major powers. As a result, international relations in Asia are evolving rapidly. In this fully updated and expanded volume, leading scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America offer the most current and definitive analysis available of Asia's regional relationships. They set developments in Asia in theoretical context, assess the role of leading external and regional powers, and consider the importance of subregional actors and linkages. Combining interpretive richness and factual depth, their essays provide an authoritative and stimulating overview. Students of contemporary Asian affairsnew to the field and old hands alikewill find this book an invaluable read.
Contributions by: Amitav Acharya, Sebastian Bersick, Nayan Chanda, Ralph A. Cossa, Michael Green, Samuel S. Kim, Edward J. Lincoln, Martha Brill Olcott, T.V. Paul, Phillip C. Saunders, David Shambaugh, Sheldon W. Simon, Scott Snyder, Robert Sutter, Hugh White, and Michael Yahuda
About the Author
David Shambaugh is professor of political science and international affairs and founding director of the China Policy Program at The George Washington University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution. Michael Yahuda is professor emeritus of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a visiting scholar and adjunct professor of international affairs at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at The George Washington University.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: International Relations in Asia: A Multidimensional Analysis
Part II: Legacies and Theories
Chapter 2: The Evolving Asian System: Three Transformations
Samuel S. Kim
Chapter 3: Thinking Theoretically about Asian IR
Part III: The Role of External Powers
Chapter 4: The United States in Asia: Durable Leadership
Chapter 5: Europe’s Role in Asia: Distant but Involved
Part IV: Regional Powers
Chapter 6: China’s Role in Asia: Attractive or Assertive?
Phillip C. Saunders
Chapter 7: India’s Role in Asia: A Rising Regional Power
Chapter 8: Japan’s Role in Asia: Searching for Certainty
Part V: Sub-Regional Actors
Chapter 9: ASEAN and Southeast Asia: Remaining Relevant
Sheldon W. Simon
Chapter 10: Australia’s Choices in the Asian Century
Chapter 11: Central Asia: The End of the “Great Game”?
Martha Brill Olcott
Chapter 12: The Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian Stability
Part VI: Transregional Linkages and Dynamics
Chapter 13: The Asian Regional Economy
Edward J. Lincoln
Chapter 14: Globalization and International Relations in Asia
Chapter 15: Security Dynamics in East Asia
Ralph A. Cossa
Part VII: Conclusion
Chapter 16: Looking Ahead: A New Asian Order?