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This comprehensive book is an overview of security issues in the Asia-Pacific. It is also an argument for a strategy that promises to achieve greater regional stability. It argues that current approaches by policy-makers increase the likelihood of conflict. Instead, it proposes that a strategy of 'convergent security' be adopted to build a more enduring and peaceful regional security framework. A concise survey of key approaches to regional security politics, it presents a vast selection of empirical discussion, both historical and current. Assessing the outlook for the three powers most likely to vie for regional dominance - the United States, China and Japan - the book also reviews the prospects for other secondary powers, including Korea and Taiwan and analyses the role of Australia and the ASEAN nations of Southeast Asia. Unique, accessible, authoritative and broad-ranging survey designed for a wide body of analysts and students of contemporary Asian politics and strategy.
"A detailed and thoughtful analysis....Strong and well-argued..." Foreign Affairs
Arguing for a strategy that promises to achieve greater regional stability, this overview of security relations in the Asia-Pacific finds that current approaches by policy-makers increase the likelihood of conflict. Instead, it proposes that a strategy of "convergent security" be adopted to build an enduring regional security framework. As a concise survey of key approaches to international relations, the volume considers relevant historical and contemporary empirical issues as well. The authoritative and broad-ranging survey is designed for a wide range of analysts and students of Asian politics and strategy.
This comprehensive and authoritative book is an overview of security relations in the Asia-Pacific.
This comprehensive overview of security relations in the Asia-Pacific argues for a strategy that promises to achieve greater regional stability - 'convergent security'. It presents historical and current issues and cases and is designed for a wide body of analysts and students of contemporary Asian politics and strategy.
This book offers a variety of perspectives on Asias increasing diplomatic prowess, a phenomenon that has accompanied the regions rapid economic and political development. The editor divides the collection into three broad sections: One group of contributors investigates the regional and international implications of a rising Asia. Another questions whether Asia” is a useful way to describe several distinct sub-regions. And a third group probes the regional foreign policies of key players across the continent. Together, these contributions point toward areas of potential conflict and collaboration, providing an invaluable resource for diplomats, policy makers, and scholars.
About the Author
Matthias Maass is assistant professor of international relations at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, South Korea.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Contextualizing and Problematizing the ‘Rise of Asia
An Asia-Pacific Century?
2. Still Searching for a Common Frequency: Silences, Cultural Gaps and Normative Deficits in Asia-Pacific Diplomacies
Analysing Asia-Pacific Security Regionalism: Capturing Silences and Doubletalk
The Nub of Track 2 Diplomacies: Noble Intentions and the Haze of Sifting through Disagreements
CSCAP General Conference & Workshop on Responsibility to Protect, November 2009
Positioning for the Responsibility to Protect
Main Sessions on ‘Regional Security Architecture and ‘Naval Build-Up in the Asia-Pacific
Analysis of the CSCAP case Southeast Asia Regional Security Forum (SEARSF) June 2010 SEARSF 2010 Panel 1 - Northeast Asia in the Context of Southeast Asian Security
SEARSF 2010 Panel 3 - Significance of ASEAN to Regional Cooperation
Analysis of SEARSF
Conclusion: Why is there no Common Diplomatic Frequency across the Asia-Pacific?
3. East Asian Governance: Human Security, Development, and Exceptionalism
Human Security, Development, and Governance Human Security
4. International Politics in Northeast Asia: A Case for Stability
Is Northeast Asia Headed for Demographic Peace?
The Emerging Institutional Architecture in Northeast Asia: A Game on Two Chessboards?
Nuclear Weapons and Strategic Stability in Northeast Asia
Conclusion: Scenarios for Northeast Asia
The Balance of Power
5. ASEAN and Its People: Regional Internationalism and the Politics of Exclusion
Elites, People and Theories of Regional Integration
The European Experience: Post-International Regionalism or Bringing the People In
The ASEAN Model: Regional Internationalism or Bringing the National Elites Back In
Bangkok + 40: What Is In It For the Southeast Asian People?
6. Nonofficial Diplomacy in Southeast Asia: Civil Society or ‘Civil Service?
The Many Faces of Modern Diplomacy
Nonofficial Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
Civil Society Face of Nonofficial diplomacy
“Civil Service” Face of Nonofficial Diplomacy
7. China and India as Regional Powers:
Policies of Two Aspiring States Intersecting in Burma
Prospect Theory as Analytical Framework
A Case-Study: Burma
Chinese and Indian Presence in Burma: Waxing and Waning
8. Reinventing Japan in the Asian Century: Toward a New Grand Strategy?
Introduction: Japan in a time of troubles?
Explaining Japanese foreign policy and diplomacy
The foundations of Japanese diplomacy
Japans grand strategy
(i) Internal strategies
(ii) External strategies
9. China and Central Asia: Diplomatic Waltz:
An Analysis of Chinas Methods in Interacting with Central Asian States
Taking a Fresh Look: Introducing the concept of security identity