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Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community

by Michael J Green and Bates Gill Columbia University Press
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Asia's ability to construct effective multilateral institutions for integration and cooperation-what is now called Asian ''architecture''-will be a major determinant in whether the region moves closer to interdependence and stability or whether it succumbs to rivalry and confrontation. 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 forums-such as the Six Party Talks on North Korea and the East Asia Summit-have played a crucial role, engendering both cooperation and competition while at the same time reflecting the local concerns of the region.

Some are concerned that this process is moving toward less-inclusive, bloc-based ''talking shops'' rather than a more open, problem-solving regionalism. Also, the future direction and success of these arrangements, along with the implications for global and regional security and prosperity, remain unclear. The fifteen experts in this volume 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 Asia-a region composed of liberal democracies, authoritarian regimes, and anachronistic dictatorships-has become an arena for competition among major powers and conflicting norms, and look assess the future shape of Asian security architecture., reviewing a previous edition or volume

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

An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers.
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.