Making of Northeast Asia

ISBN-10: 0804769222

ISBN-13: 9780804769228

Edition: 2010

Authors: Kent E. Calder, Min Ye

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Northeast Asia, where the interests of three major nuclear powers and the world's two largest economies converge around the unstable pivot of the Korean peninsula, is a region rife with political-economic paradox. It ranks today among the most dangerous areas on earth, plagued by security problems of global importance, including nuclear and missile proliferation. Yet, despite its insecurity, the region has continued to be the most rapidly growing on earth for over five decades--and it is emerging as an identifiable economic, political, and strategic region in its own right. As the locus of both economic growth and political-military uncertainty in Asia has moved further to the Northeast, a need has developed for a book that focuses analytically on prospects for Northeast Asian cooperation within the context of both Asia and the Asia-Pacific regional relationship. This book does exactly that, while also offering a more general theory for Asian institution building.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 363
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

A Note on Conventions
Introduction and Theory
Northeast Asia in Global Perspective
Why Not a Broader Asian Calculus?
Why Not Just China?
Northeast Asian Fusion
Rising Interdependence in Northeast Asia Puts Pressure on the "Organization Gap,"
The Waning of Constraints in History and Geopolitics
Deepening Trilateral Policy Dialogue
Prevailing Academic Pessimism about Northeast Asian Regionalism
An Alternative View
Our Contribution
Theories of Asian Institutional Development: Changing Context and Critical Junctures
The Explanatory Gap in Current Literature
Regionalism in Comparative Perspective
Cross-Regional Commonalities
The Critical-Juncture Framework
The Critical-Juncture Framework: Theoretical Background
Critical Junctures and Regional Institution-Building
Critical Juncture: The Model Specified
Why Critical Junctures Matter in Northeast Asia
Critical Junctures and Regional Evolution: An Agenda for Research
Historical Context: Critical Junctures
The Organization Gap in Historical Perspective: War in Korea and the First Critical Juncture
Before the Korean Conflict: Still Fluid Patterns in Regional Relations
War in Korea: The Emergence of Critical Juncture
Added Complications in Japan
The Urgency and Complexity of Juncture Decision
Toward the "San Francisco System,"
The Korean War, Cross-Straits Confrontation, and the PRC's Economic Isolation
Why the "Second-Best" Has Proven So Enduring
In Conclusion
Overcoming the Organization Gap: Crises and Critical Junctures (1994-2008)
Pre-Crisis Regionalism in Asia
Edging Closer to Crisis
Reaping the Whirlwind: The Coming of Critical Juncture
The Road to Chiang Mai
The 2008 Financial Crisis as Critical Juncture
Regional Development
Visions of a More Cohesive Regional Future
Optimistic Japan-Centric Origins
The Tortured Transwar Interlude
Chinese Ambivalence
From EAEC to AFC: Visions of Asia in the Early Post-Cold War Era
Re-envisioning Northeast Asia after 1997
Contending Asianist Visions
Japan's "Aimaisa": An Ambivalence in Clearly Bridging East and West
China's Dilemma: How to Exert Rising Power
South Korea's Choice: Power Balancer or Institutional Broker in Northeast Asia?
Other Regional Actors
In Conclusion
A Deepening Web of Regional Connectedness
Deepening Trade Relations: A Key Basis for Networks
Deepening Intrasectoral Linkages
Emerging Production Networks in Northeast Asia
How Northeast Asian Production Networks Operate
The Geographical Dimension: Production Clusters
A Deepening Taiwanese Role
Japanese and Korean Production Networks in Greater China
Policy Networks
Emerging Institutional Manifestations
Track II Innovations: The Boao and Jeju Forums
Transnational Epistemic Communities: Bringing Regionalist Dreams to Earth
Military Exchanges and Dialogue: Transcending a Complex History
Emerging Subnational Networks in Northeast Asia: Quiet Transnational Integration
In Conclusion
National Transformation
The Transformation of China's Regional Policies
Wei Ji ["Crisis"] and the Transformation of China's Regional Policies
The Dual Drivers of China's Regionalist Formation
In Conclusion
Catalysts: Korea and ASEAN in the Making of Northeast Asia
The Rise and Fall of ASEAN as Early Catalyst
Korea's Natural Catalytical Role
How Far Korea Has Come: A Historical Perspective
Toward the Making of Northeast Asia: Deepening Korean Domestic Incentives
Korea as Catalyst: Why the Policy Shift?
Five Driving Forces
In Conclusion
Japan's Dilemma and the Making of Northeast Asia
Japan's Tangled Continental Ties
Fukuzawa's Dilemma Revisited
A Mixed History: Japan and Region-Building
Regionalism and the Emerging Profile of Japanese Domestic Political Interests
Bureaucracy and Regionalism
Country-Specific Interests
The Key Role of Japanese Business
Opponents of Closer Regional Ties
In Conclusion
The United States and Northeast Asian Regionalism
Northeast Asia's Importance to the United States
America's Early Absence from Northeast Asia
Key Traits of the Classic San Francisco System
America's Changing Geopolitical Stakes
America's Own Transformation
Deepening Corporate Stakes in Stable Trans-Pacific Relations
The Overall Profile of American Interests and Northeast Asia's Future
In Conclusion
In Conclusion
Summing Up
Northeast Asia's Quiet Yet Fateful Transformation
The Political Dimension
What Is New in This Analysis
Implications for the Broader World
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