International Relations Theory and the Asia-Pacific

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G. John. Ikenberry, Michael Mastanduno
Columbia University Press, May 21, 2003 - Political Science - 464 pages

What will the Asia-Pacific rim look like in the years ahead? What tools will international relations theorists need to understand the complex relationship among China, Japan, and the United States as the three powers shape the economic and political future of this crucial region?

Some of the best and most innovative scholars in international relations and Asian area studies gather here with the working premise that stability in the broader Asia-Pacific region is in large part a function of the behavior of, and relationships among, these three major powers. Each author analyzes the foreign policy behavior of one or more of these states and/or relations among them in an effort to make claims about the prospects for regional stability. Some of the chapters focus on security relationships, some on economic relations, and some on the interaction of the two. The authors do not promote any particular theoretical perspective, but instead draw on the full diversity of theoretical approaches in contemporary international relations scholarship to illuminate international interactions among the Pacific powers.

The creative collaboration of international relations and Asian studies specialists presents the opportunity to assess the applicability of Western categories of analysis to the beliefs and behaviors of Asian actors. The scholars in this volume share the conviction that a deeper understanding of the effects of cultural divides between Asian and American policymakers is essential if the Pacific rim's economic and regional security is to be safeguarded.


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A major reference for REC5510 Asia Pacific International Relations course under Prof. Leszek Buszynski , Winter Term 2005, Graduate School of International Relations, the International University of Japan. Read full review


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Michael Mastanduno is Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor and Chair in the Department of Government at Dartmouth CollegeG. John Ikenberry is Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice at Georgetown University and author of After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major War.