Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community
Traditionally, stability in Asia has relied on America's bilateral alliances with Japan, Australia, and the Republic of Korea. Yet in recent years, emergent and more active multilateral forumssuch as the Six-Party Talks on North Korea and the East Asia Summithave taken precedence, engendering both cooperation and competition while reflecting the local concerns of the region.
Some are concerned that this process is moving toward less-inclusive, bloc-based "talking shops" and that the future direction and success of these arrangements, along with their implications for global and regional security and prosperity, remain unclear. The fifteen contributors to this volume, all leading scholars in the field, provide national perspectives on regional institutional architecture and their functional challenges. They illuminate areas of cooperation that will move the region toward substantive collaboration, convergence of norms, and strengthened domestic institutions. They also highlight the degree to which institution building in Asiaa region composed of liberal democracies, authoritarian regimes, and anachronistic dictatorshipshas become an arena for competition among major powers and conflicting norms, and assess the future shape of Asian security architecture.
An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers.
1. Unbundling Asia's New Multilateralism
Bates Gill and Michael J. Green
Part I National Strategies for Regionalism
2. Evolving U.S. Views on Asia's Future Institutional Architecture
Ralph A. Cossa
3. Chinese Perspectives on Building an East Asian Community in the Twenty-first Century
4. Regional Multilateralism in Asia and the Korean Question
5. Japan's Perspective on Asian Regionalism
6. India and the Asian Security Architecture
C. Raja Mohan
7. Australia's Pragmatic Approach to Asian Regionalism
8. The Strong in the World of the Weak: Southeast Asia in Asia's Regional Architecture
Part II The Functional Challenges
9. Emerging Economic Architecture in Asia: Opening or Insulating the Region?
10. Norms and Regional Architecture: Multilateral Institution Building in Asia and Its Impact on Governance and Democracy
William Cole and Erik G. Jensen
11. Defense Issues and Asia's Future Security Architecture
Michael E. O'Hanlon
12. Nontraditional Security and Multilateralism in Asia: Reshaping the Contours of Regional Security Architecture
13. Challenges to Building an Effective Asia-Pacific Security Architecture
Brendan Taylor and William T. Tow
Appendix. Selected List of Principal Regional Institutions in Asia