Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific: A Regional-Global Nexus?

Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific: A Regional-Global Nexus?

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Cambridge University Press, 10/15/2009
EAN 9780521765350, ISBN10: 0521765358

Hardcover, 386 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

Asia is experiencing major changes in its security relations. This book brings together respected experts to assess both the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the Asian security debate. Building on the latest research on Asia's regional security politics, it focuses on the 'regional-global nexus' as a way to understand the dynamics of Asian security politics and its intersection with global security. Contributors to the volume offer diverse but complementary perspectives on which issues and factors are most important in explaining how security politics in Asia can be interpreted at both the regional and global levels of analysis. Issues addressed include power balancing and alliances, governance and democracy, maritime and energy security, the relationship between economics and security, 'human security', terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and pandemics. This work will serve as a standard reference on the evolution of key issues in Asian security.

1. Setting the context William T. Tow
Part I
2. Grappling with an elusive concept Brian L. Job
3. Asia-Pacific institutions Michael Wesley
4. The United States
regional strategies and global commitments Michael Mastanduno
5. A rising China and American perturbations Hugh White and Brendan Taylor
Part II
6. Hegemony, hierarchy and order Evelyn Goh
7. Democracy and security in East Asia William Case
8. Security community-building in Asia-Pacific Sorpong Peou
9. Human security and global governance Akiko Fukushima and William T. Tow
10. The economics-security nexus in the Asia-Pacific region John Ravenhill
Part III
11. Problematising 'linkages' between Southeast Asian and international terrorism Greg Fealy and Carlyle A. Thayer
12. Nuclear weapons
Asian case studies and global ramifications Marianne Hanson and Rajesh Rajagopalan
13. Maritime security
regional concerns and global implications Sam Bateman
14. Thinking globally and acting regionally
securitising energy and environment Aynsley Kellow
15. Regional health and global security
the Asian cradle of pandemic influenza Christian Enemark
Part IV
16. The new transregional security politics of the Asia-Pacific Amitav Acharya.

'This is a path-breaking study of the interplay of regional and global security dynamics pertaining to Asia, which has become a core world region. It does an excellent job investigating regional-global connections in both traditional and non-traditional security domains.' Muthiah Alagappa, Distinguished Senior Fellow, East-West Center 'An important contribution to understanding the security politics of the Asia-Pacific. This volume succeeds in its core objective of analysing 'how Asian security politics will affect international security or will, in turn, be influenced by global events and structures'. An excellent panel of authors who combine penetrating analysis of existing international relations theories on the global-regional nexus with a firm grasp of the regional environment.' Barry Desker, Dean of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies 'A truly innovative work on Asian security. Readers will be convinced that Asian security has now become 'autonomous' enough to be an 'integral' component of an evolving world order.' Yoshihide Soeya, Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law and Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Keio University