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Asia's New Multilateralism


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Preface Abbreviations 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 Wu Xinbo 4. Regional Multilateralism in Asia and the Korean Question Lim Wonhyuk 5. Japan's Perspective on Asian Regionalism Akiko Fukushima 6. India and the Asian Security Architecture C. Raja Mohan 7. Australia's Pragmatic Approach to Asian Regionalism Greg Sheridan 8. The Strong in the World of the Weak: Southeast Asia in Asia's Regional Architecture Amitav Acharya Part II The Functional Challenges 9. Emerging Economic Architecture in Asia: Opening or Insulating the Region? Amy Searight 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 Mely Caballero-Anthony 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 Contributors Index

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Michael J. Green and Bates Gill have given those of us who think and write about Asia, but are not Asianists, just what we need: a book that puts the bewildering array of multilateral asian institutions into a context we can understand. The individual chapters are grouped into two parts, one providing national perspectives on multiplying multilateral institutions, the other treating the economic, security, and governance issues raised by this peculiar phenomenon. The introductory chapter brilliantly frames and introduces the well-written, lean, and useful pieces contributed by distinguished authors. Most useful is the volume's crisp identification of the tensions involved in Asian multilateralism, from soaring rhetoric to anemic performance, from 'budding Asianization' to an embrace of the Pacific community, and from enthusiasm for institution building to an acceptance of ad hoc 'minilateral' groups. In the end, the book serves as the best available realist's guide to the complex and important political reality that defines Asia today. This book is that rare item: an edited volume that is coherent, analytical, and informative. It is the best recent book on multilateralism in the region and must be required reading for teachers and students of international relations in the Asia-Pacific. -- Evelyn Goh, University of London

About the Author

Michael J. Green is the Japan Chair and senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor of international relations at Georgetown University. He has served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, and his publications include Japan's Reluctant Realism and Arming Japan.


An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers. -- Alon Levkowitz H-US-Japan

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