Since World War II, the United States has played a crucial role in shaping Northeast Asian politics and economics. However, as this authoritative book shows, the Cold War's demise, September 11, and America's major strategic realignments have unleashed seismic changes in the region. China's rise, Japan's quest for a normal state, and the North Korean nuclear quagmire are also potential flashpoints. Collective memories of past aggression as well as resurgent nationalism further complicate regional dynamics. But hopeful signs abound, as deepening economic interdependence, expanding social and cultural exchanges, and the proliferation of informal economic, social, and cultural networks have improved the chances for a peaceful evolution to a liberal and stable region.
Contributions by: Vinod K. Aggarwal, Paul Bacon, Avery Goldstein, G. John Ikenberry, Takashi Inoguchi, Ki-Jung Kim, Myongsob Kim, Woosang Kim, Yongho Kim, Min Gyo Koo, Michael Mastanduno, Chung-in Moon, Katharine H. S. Moon, Seung-won Suh, and William C. Wohlforth
About the Author
G. John Ikenberry is Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Chung-in Moon is professor of political science at Yonsei University and ambassador for international security affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Republic of Korea.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Dynamics of Transition in Northeast Asia: Analytical Debates, Emerging Issues, and New Order
Part I: The United States and Northeast Asia: Debates on Power Reality and Realignments
Chapter 1: The Political Foundations of American Relations with East Asia
Chapter 2: Power Transition, Institutions, and China's Rise in East Asia: Theoretical Expectations and Evidence
Chapter 3: Rethinking Japan as an Ordinary Country
Chapter 4: Defying Expectations: Russia's Missing Asian Revisionism
Chapter 5: Korea as a Middle Power in Northeast Asian Security Environment
Chapter 6: North Korea: A Perpetual Rogue State?
Part II: Emerging Issues: Understanding Challenges to the United States
Chapter 7: Challenging U.S. Military Hegemony: Anti-Americanism and Democracy in East Asia
Chapter 8: Identity Politics, Nationalism, and the Future of Northeast Asian Order
Chapter 9: Managing the North Korean Nuclear Quagmire: Capability, Impacts, and Prospects
Part III: Designing New Order
Chapter 10: Hegemonic Order, September 11th, and the Consequences of the Bush Revolution
Chapter 11: An Institutional Path: Community-building in Northeast Asia
Chapter 12: The United States and East Asian Regional Order: Historical Recasting and Forecasting