Building Asia’s Security

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Автор:Nick Bisley
ISBN:9780415582667 Тегло (гр.): 305 Формат: 165 / 235 Състояние: Отлично
‘Comprehensive, thoughtful and timely, this is a ‘must-read’ book for anyone seeking to appreciate Asia’s evolving multilateral security architectures.’ Professor Jia Qinguo, Peking University
As global economie and strategie weight shifts to Asia, countries in the region are considering how to protect themselves better in the uncertain strategie landscape of the twenty-first century. Alliances with the United States remain pivotal, but China is an ever more dominant presence. Faced with this, and with growing transnational threats such as terrorism, energy insecurity and infectious diseases, Asian governments are increasingly interested in multilateral security cooperation.

New multilateral bodies focused solely on security have been formed, dialogue forums bring together the regional defence community, and even economics-focused organisations are now addressing the issue. There is no Asian equivalent to NATO, but both the Australian and Japanese prime ministers have called for a formal community that could include security agreements.

Yet Asia today is far from possessing a well-planned security ‘architecture’. This book examines the region's unique security arrangements, and looks at how national rivalries, mutual mistrust and institutional failings frustrate the widespread desire for closer ties. It analyses the complex array of often overlapping security mechanisms and identifies their most successful features. While concluding that a monolithic Asian security structure is unlikely to emerge in the near future, it offers suggestions for developing a more effective system.
Nick Bisley is Associate Professor in International Relations and Convenor of Politics and International Relations at La Trobe University, Australia. His recent publications include Rethinking Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Issues in 21st Century World Politics (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, co-edited with Mark Beeson). His next book, Great Powers and International Order, will be published by Lynne Rienner in 2010.
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Introduction Security Architecture, the Asian Way
Security cooperation: meaning and forms 18
The appeal of 'architecture' 23
Looking to Europe 25
Grand and not-so-grand designs 28
'Architecture' as a sign of purpose 30

The Current Regional Order
A move towards multilateralism 33
Recent multilateral security bodies 35
New dialogue forums 43
Broader bodies rlow focusing on security 48
Functional security mechanisms 59
Track II security multilateralism 64
Bilateral approaches, old and new 66
Table 1: Participants in Asia's multilateral processes 73
Table 2: Overlapping participation in Asian multilateral processes 75
Diagram 1: Main US military-security alliances 76

Understanding the Complexities
Identifying the ingredients of success 78
What doesn't work 84
Lack of trust and investment 86
Untamed growth: overlap and crowding 88
Twin-track policies 90
Hedging their bets 93
A fractured architecture 97

Imagining Alternatives
Northeast Asian security mechanism 104
ADMM-Plus 109
Asian maritime cooperation 110
Community building in Asia 112
Multilateralising the US alliance system 115
An Asian security regime? 119
Flexible coalitions 121
Other options 122
The bounds of possibility 124

Ways Forward
Building on existing benefits 134 
Towards a networked approach 136 
Tidying the dutter 140 
Seizing the opportunity 142
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