Download PDF by William T. Tow: Security Politics in the Asia-Pacific: A Regional-Global

By William T. Tow

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Asia is experiencing significant alterations in its safety family. This booklet brings jointly revered specialists to evaluate either the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the Asian defense debate. development at the most up-to-date examine on Asia's neighborhood protection politics, it makes a speciality of the 'regional-global nexus' in order to comprehend the dynamics of Asian safety politics and its intersection with international safeguard. members to the quantity provide various yet complementary views on which matters and elements are most vital in explaining how safety politics in Asia might be interpreted at either the local and worldwide degrees of research. concerns addressed comprise strength balancing and alliances, governance and democracy, maritime and effort protection, the connection among economics and safety, 'human security', terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, weather switch and pandemics. This paintings will function a typical reference at the evolution of key matters in Asian safety.

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This section’s third ‘vision’ for operationalising the regional–global nexus is offered by Sorpong Peou (chapter 8) in his treatise on East Asian security community-building. Adopting a somewhat different premise from Case, Peou exudes greater optimism over the capabilities of ideational forces to develop enduring norms and expectations commensurate with genuine community-building processes. The major problem in achieving regional stability, he argues, is not so much the ambiguity of democratic instrumentalities and processes leading to aberrant behaviour among Asian actors but the recent American propensity to rely upon raw material power for shaping a liberal order of its own choosing.

This chapter concentrates on the conceptual and theoretical features of Asian state relationships rather than on their more descriptive aspects. In doing so, it suggests that the ‘centre of gravity’ metaphor can serve as a useful heuristic tool, provided that it is applied in its dynamic, as opposed to its traditional, static sense of meaning. The key arguments of this chapter may be briefly summarised along the following lines. The chapter begins by accepting, along with the other authors of the volume, that the Asia-Pacific is now an integral and defining component of international security politics.

After presenting a comprehensive assessment of regional hierarchy in a postwar world, Goh concludes that US–Asian hierarchy ‘clarifies the regional dynamic’ by preventing the unleashing of nationalist forces and the intensification of regional security dilemmas if it did not exist. In this context, she challenges the model recently advanced by Kang that anticipates a Chinese-led regional hierarchy eventually and peacefully supplanting the current Americandominated system (Kang 2003a). Goh anticipates that no alternative to US primacy would be better for ensuring Asia’s regional security and could very well be much worse.

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