This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the international relations of Asia and the Indo-Pacific. The Asian region has become the fulcrum of international relations globally—it is the most economically vibrant, geostrategically significant, socially and culturally diverse, and militarily dangerous region in the world. The world’s leading great powers—the United States and China—jockey for primacy and vie for influence throughout the region, while “middle powers”—India, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea—are extending their regional reach. The ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is collectively important in its own right, but has also become the epicenter of US-China regional competition. While Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands largely operate in their own orbits, Australia has assumed growing regional impact. North Korea and Taiwan are both significant actors but they are also each tinderboxes of potential conflict. While the region is geographically sprawling across the Indo-Pacific, it is tied together economically, technologically, and strategically. No one working in or on Asia cannot afford to read this volume.
David Shambaugh is the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science, and International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Map of Asia
List of Figures and Tables
List of Acronyms
Preface to the Third Edition
Part I: Introduction
1 International Relations in Asia: Grappling with Complexities
Part II: Legacies and Theories
2 The Evolving Asian System: Three Transformations
Samuel S. Kim
3 Thinking Theoretically About Asian IR
Part III: The Roles of Regional Powers
4 America’s Role in Asia: Challenged Leadership
5 China’s Role in Asia: Attractive or Aggressive?
Phillip C. Saunders
6 Japan’s Role in Asia: From Free Rider to Thought Leader
Michael J. Green
7 India’s Role in Asia: A Regional Power with Global Ambitions
T. V. Paul
Part IV: Subregional Actors
8 Southeast Asian States and ASEAN: A Center of Courtships and Cooperation
9 South Korea: An Ambivalent Middle Power
10 North Korea: Continuity without Change
Victor Cha and Ellen Kim
11 Taiwan: Foreign Relations without Formal Recognition
12 Australasia: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands
Robert Ayson and Rory Medcalf
Part V: Transregional Linkages and Dynamics
13 The Asian Regional Economy
Edward J. Lincoln
14 The Asian Regional Security Environment
15 Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, and Human Rights in Asian IR
Part VI: Looking to the Future
16 Asian IR in the 2020s: Factors for the Future
About the Editor and Contributors
Shambaugh revised and updated his popular edited collection on Asian international relations, which has served as an excellent student reference for many years. His masterful opus offers a nuanced approach to understanding the regional competition that forces many of Asia’s neighboring nations—China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and even Pakistan—to find ways to coexist peacefully. He identifies five particular variables, whose consequences most merit attention: China’s increasingly assertive “wolf warrior” diplomacy; the US-China power rivalry; the emergence of regional multilateralism; a dangerously nuclear Korean peninsula; and, most worrisome, Taiwan—a ticking time bomb…. Shambaugh wisely suggests changing the approach to Asian international relations from a country-by-country area studies strategy to a holistic analysis of the Indo-Pacific as a whole. Essential. Undergraduates through faculty; professionals; general readers.
David Shambaugh’s third edition of his influential The International Relations of Asia offers a way to think comprehensively about the complex web of diplomatic, economic, and security relations in this century of Asia. Cutting through that complexity to explain the international relations of the world’s largest and most dynamic region is no mean feat. Offering not only clear and integrated analysis, but also a diversity of perspectives, it will prove valuable to students of Asia for years to come.
An astute, impressive, masterful capture of the complex geopolitical dynamic that defines Asia today, this is a study distinguished by the in-depth, compelling analysis of seasoned strategic experts. The Indo-Pacific today is the cockpit of intensifying major power rivalry, competing nationalisms and growing militarization—all of which suggest a growing uncertainty about the future of the region. These and a variety of other issues that affect the region, including the key challenge of counterbalancing China, are examined thoroughly and incisively in this study which should benefit university students and policy planners alike.
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.
Asia is becoming an ever more central player in global affairs. This volume, under a master editor's touch, captures the complexity of changing relationships, and the region's enormous potential.