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New Book: Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia

17 Nov 2014 - 15:22

There is a significant uncertainty around US security commitment to East Asia over the next 15-20 years, underpinned by China's economic and military rise. This book, co-edited by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis and Clingendael's Frans-Paul van der Putten, investigates how and whether this affects the present-day strategic perceptions and behaviour of East Asian nations, and of the US itself.

By exploring how regional actors deal with uncertainties that are inherent to the current geopolitical situation in East Asia, the contributors demonstrate that strategic uncertainty has become a major factor in the shaping of the security order in East Asia, which has resulted in the emergence of alternative models of order that do not necessarily exclude America.

Table of contents

Introduction: Why strategic uncertainty? - by Elena Atanassova-Cornelis and Frans-Paul Van der Putten

PART I: EVOLVING REGIONAL SECURITY ORDER IN EAST ASIA - KEY PERSPECTIVES
1. Theoretical Approaches to Asia's Changing Security Order, by Nick Bisley
2. East Asian Security, Policy Debates and American Leadership, by Robert Sutter
3. China's Approach to the US Role in East Asia: The Dynamics of Volatile Competition, by Shi Yinhong

PART II: EAST ASIAN RESPONSES TO STRATEGIC UNCERTAINTY
4. 'Keeping the United States In': Japan and Regional Order in East Asia, by Kuniko Ashizawa
5. The US Security Role in South Korea: Issues that Test South Korean Confidence in the US Commitment, by Larry Niksch
6. Political Resolve and Strategic Uncertainty in Taiwan-US Relations, by Alexis Littlefield
7. New Strategic Uncertainty and Security Order in Southeast Asia, by Carlyle A. ThayerP

ART III: ALTERNATIVE MODELS OF REGIONAL SECURITY ORDER
8. A US-China Dual Leadership in East Asia?, by Quansheng Zhao
9. Non-Traditional Security Cooperation and Northeast Asian Regional Order, by Jaewoo Choo
10. Power Bumps on the Way to Regional Community: Asia's Mixed Security Logics, by Alice Ba

Conclusion: A post-US regional order in the making? East Asia's security futures, by Frans-Paul van der Putten and Elena Atanassova-Cornelis

More information about the book is available here.