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International Relations of Asia

Second Edition

Edited by David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda

As the world's most dynamic region, Asia embodies explosive economic growth, diverse political systems, vibrant societies, modernizing militaries, cutting-edge technologies, rich cultural traditions amid globalization, and strategic competition among major powers. As a result, international relations in Asia are evolving rapidly. In this fully updated and expanded volume, leading scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America offer the most current and definitive analysis available of Asia's regional relationships. They set developments in Asia in theoretical context, assess the role of leading external and regional powers, and consider the importance of subregional actors and linkages. Combining interpretive richness and factual depth, their essays provide an authoritative and stimulating overview. Students of contemporary Asian affairs—new to the field and old hands alike—will find this book an invaluable read.

Contributions by: Amitav Acharya, Sebastian Bersick, Nayan Chanda, Ralph A. Cossa, Michael Green, Samuel S. Kim, Edward J. Lincoln, Martha Brill Olcott, T.V. Paul, Phillip C. Saunders, David Shambaugh, Sheldon W. Simon, Scott Snyder, Robert Sutter, Hugh White, and Michael Yahuda
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 452Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-1-4422-2639-5 • Hardback • March 2014 • $110.00 • (£75.00)
978-1-4422-2640-1 • Paperback • March 2014 • $51.00 • (£34.95)
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David Shambaugh is professor of political science and international affairs and founding director of the China Policy Program at The George Washington University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution. Michael Yahuda is professor emeritus of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a visiting scholar and adjunct professor of international affairs at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at The George Washington University.
Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: International Relations in Asia: A Multidimensional Analysis
David Shambaugh
Part II: Legacies and Theories
Chapter 2: The Evolving Asian System: Three Transformations
Samuel S. Kim
Chapter 3: Thinking Theoretically about Asian IR
Amitav Acharya
Part III: The Role of External Powers
Chapter 4: The United States in Asia: Durable Leadership
Robert Sutter
Chapter 5: Europe’s Role in Asia: Distant but Involved
Sebastian Bersick
Part IV: Regional Powers
Chapter 6: China’s Role in Asia: Attractive or Assertive?
Phillip C. Saunders
Chapter 7: India’s Role in Asia: A Rising Regional Power
T.V. Paul
Chapter 8: Japan’s Role in Asia: Searching for Certainty
Michael Green
Part V: Sub-Regional Actors
Chapter 9: ASEAN and Southeast Asia: Remaining Relevant
Sheldon W. Simon
Chapter 10: Australia’s Choices in the Asian Century
Hugh White
Chapter 11: Central Asia: The End of the “Great Game”?
Martha Brill Olcott
Chapter 12: The Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asian Stability
Scott Snyder
Part VI: Transregional Linkages and Dynamics
Chapter 13: The Asian Regional Economy
Edward J. Lincoln
Chapter 14: Globalization and International Relations in Asia
Nayan Chanda
Chapter 15: Security Dynamics in East Asia
Ralph A. Cossa
Part VII: Conclusion
Chapter 16: Looking Ahead: A New Asian Order?
Michael Yahuda
Want to know where the Asia region is headed? This comprehensive and well-written volume provides a clear picture of its political, economic, and social dynamics by the top scholars in the field. It has justly become the most widely used textbook for Asian international relations courses.
Susan Shirk, University of California, San Diego; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs

David Shambaugh and Michael Yahuda have edited what is clearly going to be the seminal work linking key international relations concepts with Asia-Pacific policy trends. Renowned chapter contributors bring unmatched levels of expertise to key contemporary issues shaping the region. This book combines a rich and intricate blend of theoretical perspectives with keen empirical insights that will enhance our understanding of where Asia is going and what might be done to overcome multiple and complex challenges to its stability and prosperity. The perspectives it offers on Sino-American relations, regional history, and order-building and transregional dynamics are particularly illuminating. This book is required reading for all scholars, students, and analysts who study and assess international relations and Asia-Pacific politics.
William Tow, chair, Department of International Relations, Australian National University

These essays by leading scholars combine interpretive richness and factual depth. Taken together, they provide a one-stop education on the dynamics of the globe's most dynamic region.
Richard C. Bush, director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Heads are now turning to a clamorous Asia as seldom before, where long-dormant tensions, emerging and maturing markets, and a burgeoning arms race force our attention. This volume provides a comprehensive look at the recent pattern of accelerated change through the eyes of seasoned scholars who have been wrestling with Asian realities for decades. If you are looking to update yourself both Asia-wide and country by country, this volume has what you need.
Douglas Paal, vice president for studies, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A broad-gauge, up-to-date survey of the shifting global landscape, this volume, while invaluable as a textbook, is more than just a teaching tool for the classroom, although it is certainly that. It is also a boon to a much broader readership—indeed, for any citizen who wants to understand how different the new century is from the old one, especially with the rise of Asia. The editors have brought together, in admirably cohesive fashion, some of the foremost scholars on the region and on international affairs, bridging the usual divide between economic and politics.
Strobe Talbott, president, The Brookings Institution

Shambaugh and Yahuda have drawn together a stellar cast of some of the brightest and most thoughtful analysts and practitioners from Asia, Europe, and North America. The result is a compendium which is intellectually stimulating, organizationally well-structured, and analytically sensible, helping us grasp the remarkable dynamism of international relations across Asia today. Students of contemporary Asian affairs—new to the field and old hands alike—will find this a valuable read. (Previous Edition Praise)
Bates Gill, director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

The most comprehensive and current volume on Asia’s international relations

Written by leading experts

Provides a definitive analysis of the region of primary concern for U.S. foreign policy

New features
Thoroughly revised and updated

Includes a new chapter on India