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Publications

This section offers an illustrative list of works published in 2007 that are relevant to East Asian regionalism and security, broadly defined. We have tried to include primarily books and reports of a significant length as these shed light on the types of collaborative and individual research projects that were being conducted in the years leading up to 2006, and which were feeding into the broader discourse from 2007 onward. Papers, briefs, and reports under 50 pages in length were generally omitted unless thought to be of particular relevance. The descriptions are based on the publishers’ own descriptions of the works (where available) and are for reference only. Please note that neither the descriptions nor the inclusion of publications here constitute a review or endorsement of the publication by JCIE.

  1. 2007 APEC Economic Policy Report
  2. 2007 APEC Senior Officials' Report on Economic and Technical Cooperation
  3. 7th Asian-European Editors Forum: India-China-Japan: The New Power-Triangle in Asia
  4. Access to Basic Services for the Poor: The Importance of Good Governance
  5. Achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Policies and Actions within Health Systems and Beyond
  6. America and China: Asia-Pacific Rim Hegemony in the Twenty-First Century
  7. America's Strategy in Southeast Asia: From the Cold War to the Terror War
  8. ASEAN
  9. ASEAN and Its Security Offspring: Facing New Challenges
  10. ASEAN-Korea Relations: Security, Trade and Community Building
  11. ASEAN's Quest for a Full-Fledged Community
  12. Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics
  13. The Asia-Europe Meeting: The Theory and Practice of Interregionalism
  14. Asia Future Shock: Business Crisis and Opportunity in the Coming Years
  15. The Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2nd edition)
  16. Asia Pacific Security Survey 2007
  17. Asia-Pacific Security: US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle
  18. Asian Development Outlook 2007
  19. Asian Voices in Europe
  20. Asian Water Development Outlook 2007
  21. Asia's Energy Future: Regional Dynamics and Global Implications
  22. Asia's New Regionalism
  23. Australia as an Asia-Pacific Regional Power: Friendships in Flux?
  24. he Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security: US-China Policies on Regional Order
  25. Brick by Brick: The Building of an ASEAN Economic Community
  26. Building an Open and Inclusive Regional Architecture for Asia
  27. Bush and Asia: America's Evolving Relations with East Asia
  28. Challenges to the Global Trading System: Adjustment to Globalization in the Asia- Pacific Region
  29. Children Caught in Conflicts: The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children in Southeast Asia
  30. China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending Perspectives on Politics, Security, and Economics
  31. Climate Change and Economic Development: SEA Regional Modeling and Analysis
  32. The Coming China Wars-Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won
  33. The Community of Asia: Concept or Reality?
  34. Competition Policy in East Asia
  35. Constructing Regional Community and Order in Europe and Southeast Asia
  36. Contemporary Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia: History, Causes and Remedies
  37. Continent, Coast, Ocean: Dynamics of Regionalism in Eastern Asia
  38. Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia
  39. Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics
  40. Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
  41. Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia
  42. CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2007: Security through Cooperation-Furthering Asia Pacific Multilateral Engagement
  43. Cultures and Contexts Matter: Understanding and Preventing HIV in the Pacific
  44. Dancing with Giants: China, India and the Global Economy
  45. Democracy and Diversity: Political Engineering in the Asia-Pacific
  46. Developing the Mekong: Regionalism and Regional Security in China-Southeast Asian Relations (Adelphi Papers 387)
  47. Development of Environmental Policy in Japan and Asian Countries
  48. Development of Health Systems in the Context of Enhancing Economic Growth towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific
  49. Disease & Security: Natural Plagues and Biological Weapons in East Asia
  50. The Dragon Looks South: China and Southeast Asia in the New Century
  51. An East Asian Community and the United States
  52. East Asian Regional Cooperation in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  53. An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth
  54. East Asian Security: Two Views
  55. East Asian Strategic Review 2007
  56. East Asian Visions: Perspectives on Economic Development
  57. Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2007: Surging Ahead in Uncertain Times)
  58. Economic Dynamism of Asia in the New Millennium: From the Asian Crisis to a New Stage of Growth
  59. Energy for All: Addressing the Energy, Environment, and Poverty Nexus in Asia
  60. Enhancing the Environmental Cooperation in Northeast Asia in a New Dimension: Regional Cooperation on the Kyoto Mechanisms (ERINA Booklet Vol. 5)
  61. The Environmental Dimension of Asian Security: Conflict and Cooperation over Energy, Resources, and Pollution
  62. Equality in Asia-Pacific: Reality or a Contradiction in Terms?
  63. Ethnic Diasporas and Great Power Strategies in Asia
  64. Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb
  65. A Gender Agenda: Asia-Europe Dialogue 3-Economic Empowerment for Gender Equality
  66. Global Multilevel Governance: European and East Asian Leadership
  67. Globalization and Change in Asia
  68. Handbook of ASEAN and Regional Cooperation: 12th Summit and Beyond
  69. A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia
  70. Handbook on the Northeast And Southeast Asian Economies
  71. Harmony and Development: ASEAN-China Relations
  72. Health without Borders: Improving Health and Reducing HIV/AIDS Vulnerability among Long-Distance Road Transport Workers through a Multisectoral Approach
  73. IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2007
  74. India & China in the Asian Century: Global Economic Power Dynamics
  75. The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment
  76. Japan and Asia in Transition: East Asia Insights 2006-2007
  77. Japan's Security Policy & the ASEAN Regional Forum: The Search for Multilateral Security in the Asia-Pacific
  78. Joint ADB-BFA Annual Report on Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific
  79. Key Indicators of Developing Asian and Pacific Countries 2007: Inequality in Asia
  80. Know Your ASEAN
  81. Korea in the New Asia: East Asian Integration and the China Factor
  82. Korean Security in a Changing East Asia
  83. Legacies of World War II in South and East Asia
  84. Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
  85. The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007
  86. Natural Disaster Reduction: Global Perspectives, South East Asian Realities and Global Strategies
  87. The New Asian Power Dynamic
  88. A New East Asia: Toward a Regional Community
  89. Nuclear Proliferation in Northeast Asia: The Quest for Security
  90. Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy
  91. Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia (3rd edition)
  92. Pacific Food System Outlook 2006-2007: The Future Role of Biofuels
  93. Peace in the Pacific: Confronting the Issues
  94. The Peninsula Question
  95. Persistent and Emerging Issues in Rural Poverty Reduction
  96. Political and Security Dynamics of South and Southeast Asia
  97. The Political Economy of the SARS Epidemic
  98. A Politico-economic Approach to Northeast Asian Regional Cooperation: Search for a New Model and Korea's Strategies
  99. Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies
  100. Public Health in Asia and the Pacific
  101. Reasserting the Rural Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Emerging Challenges in Asia
  102. Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Competition, Congruence, and Transformation
  103. Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia
  104. Regional Integration in East Asia From the View of Spatial Economics
  105. Regional Order in East Asia: ASEAN and Japan Perspectives
  106. Regional Outlook Forum 2007: Summary Report
  107. Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2007-2008
  108. Regionalism and Globalisation in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development
  109. Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies: Challenges and Prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States in the New Millennium
  110. Report on an APEC High-Level Public-Private Policy Dialogue on the Policy Framework for Investment
  111. The Rise, the Fall, and the Recovery of Southeast Asia's Minidragons: How Can Their History Be Lessons We Shall Learn During the Twenty-First Century and Beyond?
  112. Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy
  113. The Role of Knowledge Communities in Constructing Asia-Pacific Security: How Thought and Talk Make War and Peace
  114. Russia, America, and Security in the Asia-Pacific
  115. The Second Bush Administration and Southeast Asia
  116. Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia
  117. Securing Southeast Asia: The Politics of Security Sector Reform
  118. Security Dynamics in a Changing East Asia: Views from the Next Generation (Issues & Insights Vol. 7, No. 10)
  119. Southeast Asian Affairs 2007
  120. State of the Region 2007-2008
  121. Strategic Asia 2007-08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy
  122. Strategic Goals in US, Japan, and China Relations (Issues & Insights vol. 7, no. 6)
  123. Study on National Coordination Mechanisms for Trade and Transport Facilitation in the UNESCAP Region
  124. Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia
  125. The Talibanization of Southeast Asia: Losing the War on Terror to Islamist Extremists
  126. Ten Years After: Revisiting the Asian Financial Crisis
  127. Toward an East Asian Exchange Rate Regime
  128. Trade Policy and the Role of Regional and Bilateral FTAs: The Case of New Zealand and Singapore
  129. Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific
  130. The United States and ASEAN-China Relations: All Quiet on the Southeast Asian Front
  131. US-Japan-ROK Relations for the 21st Century (Issues & Insights Vol. 7, No. 5)
  132. Water and Energy Futures in an Urbanized Asia: Sustaining the Tiger

  1. 2007 APEC Economic Policy Report
    APEC

    As tariffs, quotas, and other trade barriers at the border have declined in the APEC region, the focus of APEC has gradually shifted to the structural and regulatory obstacles that inhibit crossborder trade by creating "behind-the-border barriers" to improving business performance. In 2004, APEC Leaders gave the Economic Committee a mandate to promote the benefits of structural reform in APEC economies. The Leaders Agenda to Implement Structural Reform towards 2010 (LAISR 2010) aims to facilitate cooperation and dialogue in five priority areas: public sector management and governance, regulatory reform, economic and legal infrastructure, competition policy, and corporate governance.
    The APEC Economic Policy Report is the main publication of the Economic Committee, and this year's report focuses on public sector governance. The first chapter establishes a range of generalized high-level principles for good public sector governance and identifies key tensions in public sector governance and the processes that have evolved to overcome these challenges. The second chapter focuses on how domestic institutions can contribute to the reform process, characteristics of effective institutions, and how effective institutions can be developed. The third chapter reviews individual economies' domestic public sector governance reform activities over the last 10 years and identifies key priorities and challenges for the future.
    Available online:
    http://www.apec.org/etc/medialib/apec_media_library/downloads/committees/ec/pubs/2007.Par.0001.File.v1.1

  2. 2007 APEC Senior Officials' Report on Economic and Technical Cooperation
    APEC

    In 1996, APEC Ministers adopted the Framework for Strengthening Economic Cooperation and Development to further strengthen economic and technical cooperation (ECOTECH) in APEC. The Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) Steering Committee on ECOTECH (SCE) was given the mandate to strengthen the prioritization and effective implementation of ECOTECH activities by various APEC fora. The SCE met on three occasions in 2007 to oversee ECOTECH initiatives across APEC fora and implement the reforms agreed upon in 2006. The first meeting addressed the 2007 workplan and policy criteria. The second meeting addressed ways to move forward on the reform agenda. From 2007 onward, the SCE will report on progress toward the 10 ECOTECH priorities endorsed in 2006, when ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the Manila Declaration. This report covers the 2007 meetings; offers a simple analysis of the implementation of the ECOTECH projects; and outlines the key outcomes of ECOTECH including cross-cutting issues such as sustainable development and private sector development, and the key achievements of the SCE fora.
    Available online:
    http://www.apec.org/apec/publications/free_downloads/2007.html

  3. 7th Asian-European Editors Forum: India-China-Japan: The New Power-Triangle in Asia Werner vom Busch
    Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

    This book brings together a collection of presentations and discussions derived from the 7th Asian-European Editors' Forum. Held in Singapore in October 2006 and organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Straits Times, the contributions primarily discuss the phenomenal rise of China and India as major regional and global powers and the potential geopolitical implications. Leading policymakers, academics, editors, journalists, and businessmen assess how the rise of China and India is likely to affect the economic and political balance of power in the region. The speakers and delegates also critically engage with some of the potential domestic and international problems associated with rapid economic growth and social change. A leading editor's overview of the October 1, 2006, coup in Thailand supplements this publication.
    http://www.kas.de/proj/home/pub/130/2/-/dokument_id-10458/

  4. Access to Basic Services for the Poor: The Importance of Good Governance
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    This publication elaborates on the need for good governance to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and eradicate extreme poverty in the context of the Asia Pacific region. It argues that achieving the MDGs is not simply about money. It is about removing physical, legal, financial, sociocultural, and political barriers to basic services for all, in particular for poor and disadvantaged groups. This report presents a number of strategies for removing such barriers, including broadening the range of service providers to include the formal and informal private sector, civil society organizations, and other institutions. Their involvement as service providers, however, requires a review and, where necessary, a revision of the framework that regulates the provision of basic services. Paramount, however, is an adherence to good governance and the principles of inclusiveness and equity. In this respect, this report adopts a rights-based approach to development as the guiding principle. This approach reminds governments of the need to be inclusive and to ensure that all people have access to basic services and share in the benefits of development.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1212

  5. Achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific: Policies and Actions within Health Systems and Beyond
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Enjoying good health, remaining free from disease, and having access to healthcare are basic human rights. The inclusion of health targets in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) supports the contention that good health is important for overcoming poverty and achieving the wider goal of socioeconomic development. While all MDGs are in some way related to health, three refer to it specifically: (1) goal 4 on reducing child mortality; (2) goal 5 on improving maternal health; and (3) goal 6 on combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases. Despite the significant improvements that have been made in income indicators over the last decade, with most countries in Asia Pacific having reduced the number of people below the poverty line (goal 1, target 1), large segments of the population in the region continue to be without access to basic services such as healthcare, education, clean water, or sanitation. This report examines what is needed to overcome that situation and achieve the MDGs.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1221

  6. America and China: Asia-Pacific Rim Hegemony in the Twenty-First Century
    Randall Doyle
    Rowman & Littlefield

    This book explores the remarkable changes in international relations taking place in this region during the first decade of the 21st century. While many institutions established after World War II are being re-examined, the United States' key allies in the region-Australia, Japan, and South Korea-publicly acknowledge that their relations with the United States are still strong. However, the balance of power has shifted dramatically in the region as China has experienced a meteoric rise in economic clout and military power. Randall Doyle examines this epic transition within the Asia Pacific Rim region by drawing on the research and thought of regional analysts, politicians, scholars, and think tanks.
    http://selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=42571

  7. America's Strategy in Southeast Asia: From the Cold War to the Terror War
    James A. Tyner
    Rowman & Littlefield

    Geography encompasses everything from the local-where human beings live, work, and travel-to metageographies like nations and regions. The author of this study contends that the construction of Southeast Asia as a geographic entity has been a crucial component in the creation of the American empire. He discusses the history of American involvement in Southeast Asia, from colonial rule in the Philippines through to the region's role today in the US-led war on terror to demonstrate the US government's "political use of metageographies."
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=40945

  8. ASEAN
    Rodolfo C. Severino
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Since its founding in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been an increasingly large part of the life of Southeast Asia, although most people in the region know very little about it. ASEAN has helped bring peace and stability to the region. It has successfully engaged the world's major powers in East Asia and beyond. ASEAN has taken steps to integrate the regional economy as an important means of cooperatively improving the region's competitiveness, attracting investment, generating jobs, raising incomes, and lowering costs and prices. ASEAN has also formed networks for dealing with regional problems like communicable diseases, environmental degradation, and transnational crime.
    An essential part of the ISEAS Southeast Asia Background Series, this book seeks to shed some light on what ASEAN is all about. Chapters cover the beginnings and expansion of the organization, its role in regional security, its role in the regional economy, its facilitation of efforts to work for the common good, relations with the rest of the world, and steps toward building a community.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/SEAB10/

  9. ASEAN and Its Security Offspring: Facing New Challenges
    Sheldon W. Simon
    Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College

    On the 40th anniversary of ASEAN, it is appropriate to take stock of ASEAN and project its future. How effectively have ASEAN and its organizational offspring functioned as a security community? Have the association's members been able to aggregate their security interests? Have they presented a united security front to other states? Do they collaborate to resolve internal security problems and protect one another against external security challenges? This monograph argues that ASEAN is pursuing an engagement strategy in the 21st century, bringing the great powers (the United States, China, India, Japan, and the European Union) into Southeast Asia's political and economic discussions. While these large deliberative arrangements provide regular opportunities to keep one another informed of intentions, they have been too unwieldy to effect major changes in political and economic relations. Nevertheless, ASEAN's symbolic importance to the United States was acknowledged in 2006, when Washington announced it would appoint an ambassador to the association. America's future multilateral security relationships with Asia must take a more active ASEAN into account. This monograph is intended to help US military and defense leaders understand the key role that Southeast Asia-centered organizations are playing in Asian security.
    Available online:
    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=793

  10. ASEAN-Korea Relations: Security, Trade and Community Building
    Ho Khai Leong, ed.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    This book examines the growing interdependence between ASEAN and Korea and the political and economic realities governing the relationship. Leading experts from ASEAN and Korea discuss emerging issues in areas of domestic and regional security environments, nontraditional security, regional trade arrangements, Korean relations with the new ASEAN member states, and prospects for community building, with special reference to the roles of Korea and ASEAN. It also provides a serious and thought-provoking evaluation of future ASEAN-Korea relations in light of the growing trend toward East Asian regionalism.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PIC153/

  11. ASEAN's Quest for a Full-Fledged Community
    CSIS Department of International Relations
    Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Jakarta

    Written by the research staff of CSIS's Department of International Relations, the book's topics range from the theoretical basis for a security community within ASEAN, to analysis of the historical development of the idea of an ASEAN security community, to the practical challenges of establishing such a community. This assessment meets a critical need for comprehensive analysis of ASEAN as it meets new challenges and adopts a new charter at the dawn of its fifth decade. In conjunction with the book release, CSIS held a seminar and discussion on the ASEAN security community.
    http://www.csis.or.id/events_past_view.asp?id=151&tab=0

  12. Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics
    William H. Overholt
    Cambridge University

    American security and prosperity now depend on Asia. RAND scholar William H. Overholt offers an iconoclastic analysis of developments in each major Asian country, in Asian international relations, and in US foreign policy. Drawing on decades of political and business experience, he argues that obsolete Cold War attitudes tie the US increasingly to an otherwise isolated Japan and obscure the reality that a US-Chinese bicondominium now manages most Asian issues. Military priorities risk polarizing the region unnecessarily, weaken the economic relationships that engendered American preeminence, and ironically enhance Chinese influence. As a result, US influence in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy promotion will lead to superior development and peace and forecasts a new era in which Asian geopolitics could take a drastically different shape.
    http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521720236

  13. The Asia-Europe Meeting: The Theory and Practice of Interregionalism
    Alfredo C. Robles
    Routledge

    Focusing on the economic, developmental, political, and cultural issues of its member states, this book offers a critical assessment of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process, which now brings together all 27 EU members, the European Commission, and 16 East Asian states. The underlying theme of the book is that ASEM should be analyzed as an instance of international dialogue rather than as a manifestation of two regions acting jointly to perform specific functions at an "interregional" level. The conclusion is that with the exception of the discussion on the fight against international terrorism and the cultural dialogue, the Asia- Europe dialogue rarely meets the ideal conditions for international dialogue. The way forward proposed by the book in the conclusion involves a new approach combining the European practices of multilevel governance, variable geometry, and varying timeframes.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/The-Asia-Europe-Meeting-isbn9780415452236

  14. Asia Future Shock: Business Crisis and Opportunity in the Coming Years
    Michael Backman
    Palgrave Macmillan

    Michael Backman's book argues that Asia-related forecasts are staggering: Within 10 years, funds under management in China will grow to at least US$1.5 trillion; 100 million mainland Chinese tourists will pour out of China annually; Singapore will be a major haven for hidden offshore funds; Thai hospitals will be major providers of healthcare in Asia, the Middle East, and for under-insured Americans; and shortages of management talent in India and China will be even more acute. Within 20 years, 1 billion more people will live in Asia's cities than do already, China will be a major sophisticated weapons exporter, and Malaysia will have almost run out of oil. Within 25 years, Japan's population will have shrunk by 20 million, there will be 250 million more men than women in India and China, half the world's nuclear reactors will be in Asia, the world's biggest community of English speakers will be in China, and Asia-wide water shortages will mean big hikes in food prices. Asia Future Shock is designed for strategists and scenario builders, to alert them to these and other major shifts and to identify the opportunities and risks.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=276219

  15. The Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon (2nd edition)
    David Capie and Paul Evans
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    The end of the Cold War opened a new debate across the Pacific about the meaning of security and the new regional multilateral institutions that were beginning to emerge. The first edition of the Asia-Pacific Security Lexicon, published in 2002, identified and defined the key concepts and ideas central to security discourse in the region. This second edition updates all of the entries and examines the origins and meanings of some of the new terms in common usage in a different historical setting, among them "terrorism," "pre-emption," "preventive war," "� la carte multilateralism," "coalition of the willing," and China's "peaceful rise." And it looks at how concepts such as "human security" and "nontraditional security" have evolved and found new adherents.
    Both a diplomatic handbook and theoretical exploration, the Lexicon is based on the analysis of more than 3,000 books, articles, conference reports, and speeches. It does not aim to resolve the disagreements about how words are used. Rather, it makes their evolution clearer for academics and practitioners seeking consensual knowledge.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/SEC29/

  16. Asia Pacific Security Survey 2007
    Jim Rolfe
    East-West Center

    This report, part of an annual series, brings together and compares responses from a variety of perspectives and nationalities to a set of questions on Asia Pacific regional security. The report presents the results of a survey completed by 104 security analysts from 17 countries across the Asia Pacific region as well as European specialists in this field.
    Available online:
    http://www.eastwestcenter.org/pubs/2139

  17. Asia-Pacific Security: US, Australia and Japan and the New Security Triangle
    William Tow, Mark Thomson, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Satu Limaye, eds.
    Routledge

    The aim of this book is to explore the implications stemming from the recent upgrading of Australia-Japan-US security interactions and the implications for Asia-Pacific regional security that these represent. While a fully functioning trilateral security alliance binding Australia, Japan, and the United States is unlikely to materialize or supplant existing bilateral arrangements, the convergence of the strategic interests of these three states makes it imperative that the full range of such interests and the policy ramifications flowing from them be extensively investigated. The need to do so is particularly compelling given that the "trilateral security dialogue" is one of several contending recent approaches to reshaping Asia- Pacific regional security architecture and mechanisms for confronting new strategic challenges in a post-Cold War and post-9/11 environment.
    Key issues to be considered in this volume include the theoretical and empirical context of "trilateralism"; the evolving history of the Australia-Japan-US trilateral security relationship; its connection to and impact on the US bilateral alliance network in Asia; how domestic politics in each country relates to regional security politics; Sino-Australian and Sino-Japanese bilateral security ties; and issues of arms control, maritime security, and the "economic security nexus."
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Asia-Pacific-Security-isbn9780415417105

  18. Asian Development Outlook 2007
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    This 19th edition of Asian Development Outlook examines trends and prospects in Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific in the context of global economic movements. It throws a spotlight on a variety of structural issues in developing Asia and the development prospects over the next few decades.
    The chapter on growth amid change in developing Asia shows that those countries that have sustained fast growth in developing Asia have both successfully industrialized and expanded services. In most Asian countries, fostering both industry and services is the only viable development model. Another chapter examines the links between education and changes in the structure of the economy.
    Available online:
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/ADO/2007/default.asp

  19. Asian Voices in Europe
    Axel Berkofsky, ed.
    European Policy Centre

    In 2006, the European Policy Centre and the Tokyo-based Sasakawa Peace Foundation launched the first Asian Voices in Europe lecture series. (A similar initiative was launched eight years earlier in Washington DC.) Under this initiative, six high-profile Asian speakers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Thailand were invited to Brussels to participate in debates on Asian economic, political, and security issues and various aspects of EU-Asia relations. India's economy, the state of play of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Japan's tense relations with North Korea and China, Thailand's current political crisis, China's political and social challenges, and the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula were debated over a period of nine months between June 2006 and March 2007. The Asian speakers who took part certainly made their voices heard through interesting and thought-provoking presentations. They did not shy away from controversy, stimulating lively and challenging debates with panelists, including European and American analysts and scholars and EU officials. Asian Voices in Europe includes reports on all these events as well as the transcripts of the keynote speeches given at each of them.
    http://www.epc.eu/pdf/ave.pdf

  20. Asian Water Development Outlook 2007
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    In recent years, water has steadily gravitated toward the top of the national agendas of the ADB's developing member countries. This greater focus is desirable because water is an essential requirement for human and ecosystem survival. In addition, water is a critical component for most development needs. Without adequate quantity and quality of water, it will not be possible to ensure the food, energy, or environmental security of nations.
    Asian Water Development Outlook
    (AWDO) is aimed at Asia Pacific leaders and policymakers and those interested in understanding the complexities and dimensions of the current and the future water problems and how these can be addressed successfully in policy terms. Its main objective is to raise awareness of water-related issues and to stimulate an informed debate on how best to manage Asia's water future. AWDO 2007 is the ADB's first attempt to make a forward-looking assessment of the region's possible water future.
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/AWDO/2007/default.asp

  21. Asia's Energy Future: Regional Dynamics and Global Implications
    Kang Wu and Fereidun Fesharaki, eds.
    East-West Center

    Concerns about energy security affect economic performance and political stability all over the world. Yet nowhere is this issue more critical than in Asia Pacific. The United States and Asia have much in common in terms of their basic energy situation. Both regions have substantial coal reserves, but both must import large quantities of oil and natural gas, creating a worrying level of dependency on the volatile Middle East. The environmental implications of energy use are also of growing concern in both regions. Both share a common stake in an assured supply of oil and natural gas, price stability in international energy markets, efficient and sustainable use of oil and gas products, and the development of technologies and fuel alternatives that can alleviate energy security and environmental concerns.
    This volume, prepared by a team of Asia Pacific specialists, provides the factual information needed for clear understanding, informed policy dialogue, and effective cooperation on issues related to energy security.
    http://www.eastwestcenter.org/publications/search-for-publications/browse-alphabetic-list-oftitles/? class_call=view&pub_ID=2461&mode=view%20

  22. Asia's New Regionalism
    Ellen Frost
    Lynne Rienner

    As the political drive to establish closer ties among Asian governments continues to gain momentum, there has been much debate about the realities of Asian regionalism. Do the community-building activities in fact signal the birth of "Asia Major"? What are the obstacles to integration? And is integration a positive trend for the region and for external actors? Sifting rhetoric from fact, Ellen Frost offers a nuanced analysis of the political, economic, and strategic issues at stake.
    A central theme in Asia's New Regionalism is the link between integration driven by governments for political and security reasons and integration fueled by ethnic, cultural, and economic ties. Frost's exploration of these sometimes mismatched dynamics highlights critical implications for policies both in the region and globally.
    http://www.rienner.com/title/Asia_s_New_Regionalism

  23. Australia as an Asia-Pacific Regional Power: Friendships in Flux?
    Brendan Taylor
    Routledge

    During recent years, in its traditional role as an important Asia-Pacific regional power, Australia has had to cope with a rapidly changing external security environment and a series of new challenges, including a rising China, an increasingly assertive United States, and most notably the global war against terror.
    This book considers the changing nature of Australia's identity and role in the Asia Pacific and the forces behind these developments, with particular attention to security alignments and alliance relationships. It outlines the contours of Australia's traditional role as a key regional middle power and the patterns of its heavy reliance on security alignments and alliances. Taylor goes on to consider Australia's relationships with other regional powers including Japan, China, Indonesia, and India, uncovering the underlying purposes and expectations associated with these relationships, their evolving character, and their likely future directions. He discusses the implications for the region of Australia's new "Pacific doctrine" of intervention, whether Australia's traditional alliance preferences are compatible with the emergence of a new East Asian security mechanism, and the impact of new, transnational, and nontraditional security challenges such as terrorism and failed states.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Australia-as-an-Asia-Pacific-Regional-Powerisbn9780415404211

  24. The Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security: US-China Policies on Regional Order
    Liselotte Odgaard
    Routledge

    Investigating the dynamics of balancing patterns in Asia Pacific, this book focuses particularly on the contribution of great powers and middle powers to regional stability. Taking the United States and China as great powers, and using ASEAN, Russia, Australia, and South Korea as examples of middle powers, the author addresses the following questions: Do middle powers influence balancing patterns in Asia Pacific? Are the United States and China balancing each other in Asia Pacific, and if so, by which means? What is the contribution of the English school to understanding balance-of-power dynamics?
    The Balance of Power in Asia-Pacific Security makes a persuasive contribution to the debate on the US-China relationship. Interviews with policy practitioners and academics in the region offer a systematic analysis of the complexities of Asia Pacific security. Providing conceptual insights, this book gives a fresh understanding of the mechanisms necessary to maintain regional stability and explains the implications of US-China power balancing for global security.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/The-Balance-of-Power-in-Asia-Pacific-Securityisbn9780415415910

  25. Brick by Brick: The Building of an ASEAN Economic Community
    Denis Hew Wei-Yen, ed.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Against the backdrop of significant developments in regional economic cooperation and integration over the past decade, this book presents some of the key challenges facing ASEAN as it embarks on a bold and ambitious project to establish an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. Organized under the auspices of the ASEAN-Australia Development Cooperation Program's Regional Economic Policy Support Facility, the book brings together authoritative studies written by prominent experts and academics on issues pertaining to ASEAN economic integration.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/BM329/

  26. Building an Open and Inclusive Regional Architecture for Asia
    Stanley Foundation and CSIS

    This report presents an overview of the history of Asia Pacific regionalism, drawing from discussions held at a two-day conference in Maryland in November 2006 to explore the frameworks and contested issues that will shape the future of Asian regional architecture. It concludes with several specific policy recommendations for how, as a new Asia Pacific architecture emerges, Washington can most effectively realize the interests of the United States and its friends in the region.
    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/events/070314_csis_stanley_asia.pdf

  27. Bush and Asia: America's Evolving Relations with East Asia
    Mark Beeson, ed.
    Routledge

    The United States is now the most powerful nation in history, and this power has grown since September 11, 2001, forcing nations around the globe to re-evaluate their relationships with the unipolar superpower. Nowhere is this re-evaluation more important than in East Asia, a region that has been defined by American power since the Second World War. Indeed, despite America's physical distance from East Asia, the United States has been a key player in the region since the 19th century, when it played a major role in opening up both Japan and China to the West.
    This book details the changing nature of power relations in East Asia and includes case studies on China, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, and Australia. Across the region, countries are being forced to come to terms with and accommodate America's dominant position and its increasingly assertive foreign policy. History and contingent contemporary circumstances mean that the precise nature of bilateral relationships will be different. But whether the Bush Doctrine is having a salutary or destructive effect on the region or specific countries, it is something East Asia and the rest of the world will have to learn to live with.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Bush-and-Asia-isbn9780415444088

  28. Challenges to the Global Trading System: Adjustment to Globalization in the Asia- Pacific Region
    Sumner La Croix and Peter A. Petri, eds.
    Routledge

    International trade continues to expand robustly in East Asia and elsewhere, but global trade negotiations have collapsed and globalization is widely criticized. In this book, the participants in the 13th Pacific Trade and Development Conference-including the then-Director General of the World Trade Organization and leading government officials, academics, and executives from a dozen major Pacific Rim economies-debate whether global negotiations have ended once and for all or are suffering temporarily from "globalization fatigue"; whether East Asia's new regional partnerships will advance or undermine the global trading system; and whether the region's trade tensions with the United States will intensify or subside. They provide new empirical evidence on how trade affects the distribution of income, the location of pollutionintensive industries, the causes of "outsourcing," the structure of the intellectual property regime, and international security. And they probe the implications of adjustment to globalization: how can countries reap the benefits of trade while controlling the risks faced by the poor and, perhaps more importantly, the politically strong?
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Challenges-to-the-Global-Trading-Systemisbn9780415429863

  29. Children Caught in Conflicts: The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children in Southeast Asia
    Gary Risser
    Asian Research Center for Migration, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

    This report stems from a study initiated by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific Regional Office. The project, which began in mid-2002 and ran until mid- 2004, involved collaboration between UNICEF and four academic institutions: the Asia Research Center for Migration of Chulalongkorn University's Institute of Asia Studies in Thailand, the Center for Population and Policy Studies of Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, the Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program of the University of the Philippines, and the Refugee Studies Centre of York University in Canada. The objective of the study was threefold: to improve the knowledge base on children affected by armed conflict, to devise protection strategies for children in situations of low-intensity conflict, and to involve participation of children and young people.
    http://www.arcm.ias.chula.ac.th/Downloads/Abstract/B44-A.pdf

  30. China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending Perspectives on Politics, Security, and Economics
    Sheldon W. Simon, Evelyn Goh, eds.
    Routledge

    China's emergence as a great power is a global concern that can potentially alter the structure of world politics. Its rise is multidimensional, affecting the political, security, and economic affairs of all states that comprise the world's fastest developing region of the Asia Pacific. Most of the recently published studies on China's rise have focused on its relations with its immediate neighbors in Northeast Asia: Japan, the Koreas, Taiwan, and Russia. Less attention has been given to Southeast Asia's relations with China. To address these issues, this volume offers a wide range of perspectives on the nature of China's rise and its implications for Southeast Asian states as well as US interests in the region.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/China-the-United-States-and-South-East-Asiaisbn9780415429450

  31. Climate Change and Economic Development: SEA Regional Modeling and Analysis
    Jamie Sanderson and Sardar M. N. Islam
    Palgrave Macmillan

    The impacts of climate change on economic development have the potential to be unevenly distributed around the globe. This book focuses on Southeast Asia with respect to the economics of climate change and the relationship between climate change and economic development. The book examines the region's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and forecasts the environmental and economic outcomes for the region arising from its vulnerability and also the opportunities these factors provide for policy actions toward alleviating climate change vulnerability, particularly through adaptation.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=280200

  32. The Coming China Wars-Where They Will Be Fought and How They Can Be Won
    Peter Navarro
    Pearson

    An economist and business professor at the University of California, Irvine, has written this alarming and undoubtedly provocative study of what he views to be the likely dark outcomes of the rapid rise and industrialization of China. International warfare over oil, copper, steel, food, water, and air are foreseen. China, with its superpower strength in ruthless imperialism, nuclear power, and piracy, is also seen as spiraling into chaos. The author's convictions underline the urgency of many issues that are now probably only low on the world's agendas.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=40550

  33. The Community of Asia: Concept or Reality?
    Urvashi Butalia, Jong Won Lee, Masaaki Ohashi, Karina A. Bolasco, eds.
    Anvil Publishing

    The essays in this book address the multilayered and transdisciplinary agenda facing the region today while re-examining the identity of Asia as a hybrid entity with diverse and pluralistic values from both a conceptual and practical standpoint. The hope is that the growing solidarity of Asian public intellectuals will lay the foundation for the future of Asia's regional unity in diversity. The book poses fundamental questions on the validity of constructions of Asia, within Eurocentric, Orientalist, and Asian discourse.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PPG4/

  34. Competition Policy in East Asia
    Erlinda Medalla, ed.
    Routledge

    Competition Policy in East Asia clarifies the key issues and provides a framework for understanding competition policy, looking in-depth at a number of regulated sectors for additional perspectives. Until two or three decades ago, competition and consumer protection policies were the preserve of the major developed economies like the United States, the United Kingdom, and some European countries. Now competition issues are at the top of the international agenda as globalization spreads and as the operations of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and other organizations have brought about a realization that regulatory reform-and in many economies the creation for the first time of regulatory instruments for competition and consumer protection-is an imperative.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Competition-Policy-in-East-Asia-isbn9780415435994

  35. Constructing Regional Community and Order in Europe and Southeast Asia
    Bahar Rumelili
    Palgrave Macmillan

    Can Turkey become a member of the European Union? Does Australia qualify as an Asian country? Regional organizations such as the EU and ASEAN engage in practices that promote a sense of collective identity among their members, yet these practices often entail the differentiation and exclusion of certain states as outsiders. Constructing Regional and Global Order develops an original theoretical framework that outlines how regional organizations construct and interact with difference and investigates the implications of these interactions for regional and global order. Through detailed empirical analysis, it compares the EU and ASEAN in terms of the nature of their collective identities and their interactions with outsider states, such as Morocco, Turkey, and Australia. Building on case studies including Greek- Turkish and Australian-Indonesian relations, the book contends that regional organizations can promote conflict beyond their boundaries, if and when they construct outsider states as threats to their identities.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=276248

  36. Contemporary Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia: History, Causes and Remedies
    Adam J. Young
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    This book explores contemporary maritime piracy in Southeast Asia, demonstrating the utility of using historical context in developing policy approaches that will address the roots of this resurgent phenomenon. The depth and breadth of historical piracy help highlight causative factors of contemporary piracy, which are immersed in the sociocultural matrix of maritimeoriented peoples to whom piracy is still a thinkable option. The threats to life and property posed by piracy are relatively low but significant, given the strategic nature of these waterways that link the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and because piracy is emblematic of broader issues of weak state control in the littoral states of the region. Maritime piracy will never be completely eliminated, but with a progressive economic and political agenda aimed at changing the environment from which piracy is emerging, it could once again become the exception rather than the rule.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41402

  37. Continent, Coast, Ocean: Dynamics of Regionalism in Eastern Asia
    Ooi Kee Beng and Ding Choo Ming, eds.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    This collection of articles takes a long look at the dynamics of regionalism in Eastern Asia and shows how although the past limits the future, its hold on our possibilities for peaceful coexistence is not as strong as we think. What makes this volume unique is that Taiwanese scholars are brought together with Malaysian scholars to discuss a subject that is vital to the future of both East and Southeast Asians.
    Japan's diplomatic history as well as the heritage of its conquest of Eastern Asia is examined alongside China's cultural geography, paradigmatic dynamics, and intraregional economics. Ties between East Asia and Southeast Asia, as well as the influence of American military power and European integration are also thoroughly dealt with. The end result is multidisciplinary perspectives on present and future regional trends.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/BM322/

  38. Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia
    Werner vom Busch
    Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

    While maritime piracy has been existent in Southeast Asia for the past few centuries, piracy attacks have risen dramatically following the growth of maritime trade in the wake of post- Cold War economic globalization. In addition, in the current political climate of high alert, the potential threat of a maritime terrorist act along the Straits of Malacca is posing additional security concerns to the littoral states. The increasingly complex criminal and security concerns that piracy poses to Southeast Asia also challenge journalists in their quest to provide the public with an accurate account of events.
    This book presents the findings of a workshop entitled "Covering Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia," which was hosted by the Media Programme Asia of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Singapore, and which took place in Kuala Lumpur in July 2006. The collection of articles by journalists and maritime experts sheds light on various topics related to piracy such as its social causes as well as its often-declared possible relation to maritime terrorism. The contributions in this book focus, in particular, on the problems and challenges that journalists face when trying to objectively report on the topic.
    Available online:
    http://www.kas.de/proj/home/pub/130/2/-/dokument_id-10478

  39. Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics
    Stella R. Quah, ed.
    Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

    Throughout history, nations have waged war against epidemics, from bubonic plague to pulmonary tuberculosis. Today, we confront HIV/AIDS, SARS, and avian influenza, among other major infectious diseases. The failure to contain HIV/AIDS, the longest contemporary pandemic, and the difficulties in dealing with the threat posed by avian influenza, show that the world is not well prepared for the next health crises. Because preventing and controlling these infectious diseases is a race against time, scientists around the world scrutinize viruses and bacteria more intently than ever. Yet while scientific advances are crucial, they are insufficient.
    Using Asia as a case study, this book addresses the urgent need to study the governance of infectious disease epidemics and argues that the battle must be fought on two fronts simultaneously-within the laboratory and in a wider social context that involves ordinary individuals, groups, communities, legislators, and the state. The international contributors to this volume present perspectives from the fields of social science, epidemiology, and public health and collectively seek to answer the pressing question: How can we prepare for the next global epidemic?
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/clientpr/aprc/crisispreparedness.htm

  40. Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
    Anthony Burke and Matt McDonald, eds.
    Manchester University Press

    In the wake of 9/11, the Asian crisis, and the 2004 tsunami, traditional analytical frameworks appear increasingly unable to explain the ways in which individuals and communities are rendered insecure or to advance individual, global, or environmental security. This innovative new book challenges these limitations and addresses the missing problems, people, and vulnerabilities of the Asia Pacific region, while also turning a new, critical eye on traditional interstate strategic dynamics.
    http://www.palgrave-usa.com/catalog/product.aspx?isbn=0719073057

  41. Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia
    Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel C. Sneider, eds.
    Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

    Northeast Asia stands at a turning point in its history. The key economies of China, Japan, and South Korea are growing increasingly interdependent, and the movement toward regionalism is gaining momentum. Yet interdependency, often set in a global context, also spurs nationalism in all three countries and elsewhere in East Asia. Northeast Asia today feels the presence of all three complex forces-national, regional, and global-connecting, competing, and colliding in myriad ways.
    The authors of this book assess current interactions of national and regional forces in Northeast Asia in the context of the US presence in the region. These seemingly contradictory forces must be considered together; the sparks they generate have important policy implications for the United States and for the region as a whole. Constructive reformulation of these interactions is one of Northeast Asia's most pressing contemporary challenges.
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/clientpr/aprc/crosscurrents.htm

  42. CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2007: Security through Cooperation-Furthering Asia Pacific Multilateral Engagement
    Brian Job, ed.
    CSCAP

    There is a real and urgent need for multilateral cooperation and institution building to manage traditional and nontraditional security threats in Asia Pacific. This is the consensus of the nine prominent regional experts presented in the first annual CSCAP Regional Security Outlook 2007 (CRSO). The CRSO will be an annual publication to highlight regional security concerns and to promote informed policy-relevant outputs to advance regional security cooperation at official (Track 1) levels.
    A distinguished group of regional scholars addressed such topics as the imperative of multilateral security cooperation; prospects for a Northeast Asian security mechanism; restoring and reorienting the nonproliferation regime; Southeast Asia's battle against terrorism and insurgency; the gaps in Asia's pandemic preparedness; climate change and insecurity in the Asia Pacific; regional initiatives to address emerging threats; peacekeeping, post-conflict reconstruction, and regional security; the regional security ramifications of Oceania's internal conflicts; and what Afghanistan and Iraq mean for the rest of Asia.
    Available online:
    http://www.cscap.ca/CRSO.html

  43. Cultures and Contexts Matter: Understanding and Preventing HIV in the Pacific
    Carol Jenkins and Holly Buchanan-Aruwafu
    ADB

    This publication examines in rich detail the cultural and contextual issues that have shaped HIV transmission in the Pacific. Based on their extensive experience in the region, authors Carol Jenkins and Holly Buchanan-Aruwafu also discuss the implications of contexts and cultures for designing and implementing HIV prevention and treatment programs. This publication aims to fill a knowledge gap by providing insight into the diversity of cultures and traditions in the Pacific; the changes that these cultures have undergone; and the similarities and contrasts in contexts, ideologies, attitudes, and practices that might be facilitating HIV epidemics.
    Available online:
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Cultures-Contexts-Matter/default.asp

  44. Dancing with Giants: China, India and the Global Economy
    L. Alan Winters and Shahid Yusuf, eds.
    World Bank and Institute of Policy Studies

    China is now the world's fourth largest economy and growing very fast. India's economic salience is also on the rise. Together, these two countries will profoundly influence the pace and nature of global economic change. Drawing upon the latest research, this volume analyzes the influences on the rapid future development of these two countries and examines how their growth is likely to impinge upon other countries. It considers international trade, industrialization, foreign investment, and capital flows, and the implications of their broadening environmental footprints. It also discusses how the two countries have tackled poverty, inequality, and governance issues and whether progress in these areas will be a key to rapid and stable growth.
    http://www.ips.org.sg/publications/pub_Dancing_with_Giants.htm<
    http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?context=drilldown&item%5fid =5926350

  45. Democracy and Diversity: Political Engineering in the Asia-Pacific
    Benjamin Reilly
    Oxford University Press

    Is there an Asia Pacific model of democracy? Over the past two decades, more than a dozen Asian and Pacific states have made the transition to democratic rule. But many of these states are also ethnically, linguistically, and regionally diverse, creating real challenges for effective government.
    This book explains how the Asia Pacific's political reformers responded to the twin challenges of democracy and diversity through ambitious and often innovative political engineering. Far-reaching reforms to electoral, parliamentary, and party systems have seen the emergence of a distinctive regional model of democracy. Benjamin Reilly analyzes this new approach to the design of political institutions, and its consequences for democratic governance in the Asia Pacific and other regions of the world.
    http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199286874

  46. Developing the Mekong: Regionalism and Regional Security in China-Southeast Asian Relations (Adelphi Papers 387)
    Evelyn Goh
    International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)

    In Southeast Asia, China's growing economic and political strength has been accompanied by adept diplomacy and active promotion of regional cooperation, institutions, and integration. Southeast Asian states and China engage in "strategic regionalism": they seek regional membership for regime legitimation and collective bargaining; and regional integration to enhance economic development, regarded as essential for ensuring national and regime security. Sino-Southeast Asian regionalism is exemplified by the development plans for the Mekong River basin, where ambitious projects for building regional infrastructural linkages and trade contribute to mediating the security concerns of the Mekong countries. However, Mekong regionalism also generates new insecurities. Developing the resources of the Mekong has led to serious challenges in terms of governance, distribution, and economic externalities. Resource allocation and exploitation conflicts occur most obviously within the realm of water projects. While such disputes are not likely to erupt into armed conflict, they exacerbate Southeast Asian concerns about China's rise and undermine Chinese rhetoric about peaceful development. But the negative security consequences of developing the Mekong are also due to the shared economic imperative and the Southeast Asian states' own difficulties with collective action due to existing intramural conflicts.
    http://www.iiss.org/publications/adelphi-papers/2007-adelphi-papers/developing-the-mekong

  47. Development of Environmental Policy in Japan and Asian Countries
    Tadayoshi Terao and Kenji Otsuka, eds.
    Palgrave Macmillan

    This book examines the issues of environmental policy formation and implementation linked to economic development by reviewing Japanese experiences and examples from other Asian countries. This exploration reveals factors that could mutually influence effectiveness in environmental policy, factors of dynamism between environmental policy and social change in a domestic, regional, and global context.
    Part one reexamines Japanese experiences in environmental pollution control, while part two focuses on the dynamism of the environmental policy in process in Asia, with chapters examining such issues as air pollution abatement in China; industrial pollution control in Indonesia; democratization, decentralization, and environmental policy in Taiwan; and environmental cooperation in East Asia.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?is=0230004709

  48. Development of Health Systems in the Context of Enhancing Economic Growth towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Each country in the ESCAP region faces specific challenges in its quest to achieve the healthrelated Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These challenges can only be met by adopting a comprehensive health systems approach to deliver universal coverage of a minimum package of health services and by addressing the determinants of health that lie beyond the direct purview of the health sector. Given the interconnected nature of the MDGs, it is essential to develop and implement strategies and policies that recognize the significance of the social determinants of health and the multiplicity of sectors affecting health.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1209

  49. Disease & Security: Natural Plagues and Biological Weapons in East Asia
    Christian Enemark
    Routledge

    Focusing on East Asia, this book sets out a framework for analyzing infectious disease threats in security terms. It covers the security significance of naturally occurring disease outbreak events such as SARS and avian influenza, the development and use of biological weapons by state and nonstate actors, and the security risks associated with laboratory research on pathogenic microorganisms. Christian Enemark devises a conceptual framework for securitization that is useful for policymakers by using the overlaps and synergies between different infectious disease threats. The book draws heavily on material from public health and scientific literature to illustrate the cross-disciplinary requirements for addressing infectious disease challenges in security terms. Fast-moving, naturally occurring disease threats are of increasing concern to governments and individuals, and it is therefore important to recognize their close relationship to the security challenges posed by biological weapons and pathogen research.
    http://www.routledge.com/books/Disease-and-Security-isbn9780415422345

  50. The Dragon Looks South: China and Southeast Asia in the New Century
    Bronson Percival
    Praeger Security International

    The role and relative importance of all components of China's comprehensive strategy for Southeast Asia, including the political, economic, and "soft power" dimensions of China's multifaceted relationships both with individual states and the region as a whole, are analyzed in this book. Percival, a former diplomat and a professor at the US Naval War College, also clarifies and prioritizes current American interests in Southeast Asia, an essential first in assessing the implications for the United States of China's new role in Southeast Asia. China has made extraordinarily rapid gains in Southeast Asia since it turned its old confrontational policy on its head in 1997. This book focuses closely on the past five years and reviews China's relations with all Southeast Asian states. Percival also distinguishes between China's goals in mainland and maritime Southeast Asia, deals with all of the major external players in Southeast Asia, and contends that various international relations "schools of thought" may or may not be relevant to Chinese-Southeast Asian relationships.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41994

  51. An East Asian Community and the United States
    Ralph A. Cossa and Akihiko Tanaka, eds.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

    Seven prominent scholars clarify the roots, background, and theoretical framework of the emerging East Asian community and provide a policy perspective on how the United States should participate in that framework-taking the intents and strategies of Asian countries into particular consideration. The complex issues involved include balancing national interests with global concerns, problems of political reconciliation, and relationships with the region's other multilateral organizations and initiatives.
    The volume is the result of a three-year research project undertaken by the Council on East Asian Community and supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The contributing authors offer analyses of the relations between a future East Asian community and the United States and suggest how the East Asian region should cooperate with the United States to achieve ongoing peace, prosperity, and progress in the region.
    http://www.csisbookstore.org/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=186

  52. East Asian Regional Cooperation in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
    Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

    This report summarizes the discussions at a July 2006 conference in Beijing, China, on regional responses to three of the world's most deadly diseases, which was jointly organized by the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan; the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In addition to analyses of the spread of communicable diseases in China and worldwide, the report examines how East Asian nations are working together in border areas and on the regional level to stem the spread of AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. It focuses on exemplary cases of regional and cross-border cooperation that can serve as models for deeper and more meaningful regional cooperation, and it recommends ways of increasing regional and cross-border cooperation and making it more effective.
    Available online:
    http://www.jcie.or.jp/fgfj/e/Beijingconference.html#report

  53. An East Asian Renaissance: Ideas for Economic Growth
    Indermit S. Gill and Homi Kharas, eds.
    World Bank

    This book explores the future of East Asia's middle-income countries. Without the advantages of low wages or high skills, and with limited natural resources, East Asian economies are following a new path of regional integration led by China. Along this path, policymakers must manage a migration of 2 million people per month to East Asian cities, a sharp and unprecedented increase in income inequality, and growing discontent with corruption. This new agenda of domestic integration is the main challenge facing East Asia.
    http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?context=drilldown&item%5fid =5990700

  54. East Asian Security: Two Views
    Gilbert Rozman and Chu Shulong
    Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College

    This volume examines the need for a new security framework for Northeast Asia that can cope with the legacy of six decades of frequent changes in the region's great power relations. To realize the goals of the Joint Agreement in the Six-Party Talks, multilateralism is becoming more important. US leadership faces challenges from the Sino-US rivalry, which is better managed because of cooperation over North Korea; the Russo-US rivalry that has intensified; Sino-Russian partnership, which has drawn closer in response to the nuclear crisis but could be tested by conflicting national interests; North Korean belligerence, which is unlikely to end even if the nuclear crisis is brought under control; South Korean balancing; and Sino-Japanese rivalry, which remains the main barrier to regionalism. The authors argue that a US regional strategy is needed that addresses all of these challenges in the context of the Six-Party Talks.
    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=800

  55. East Asian Strategic Review 2007
    Jun Tsunekawa, ed.
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS; Japan)

    The East Asian Strategic Review is the flagship publication of the NIDS. This annual report includes analysis of the strategic environment of East Asia and the issues of critical importance concerning regional security. The report presents analysis from a Japanese viewpoint and provides topics for open discussion. The region covered in the review includes the Korean Peninsula, China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Russia, the United States, and Japan. It also analyzes the surrounding areas of East Asia from the viewpoint of Japan's commitment to the security of East Asia. The report is published annually in both Japanese and English.
    Available online:
    http://www.nids.go.jp/english/dissemination/east-asian/e2007.html

  56. East Asian Visions: Perspectives on Economic Development
    Indermit S. Gill, Yukon Huang, Homi Kharas, eds.
    World Bank

    Despite the diversity in income levels, languages, culture, resource endowments, and political systems, the countries of East Asia are more integrated now than they have ever been. Goods, money, and ideas are being traded across the region. East Asia is redefining itself from a collection of disparate nations that looked mainly to markets in the West, to a more self-reliant, innovative, and networked region. Countries in this region are strengthening ties with each other and seeking more strategic partnerships with the rest of the world.
    East Asian Visions is a collection of essays that convey how some of the most influential thinkers in East Asia view these challenges. The writers are eminent policymakers, statesmen, and scholars. They write about how competition with the West has bred success, how crises in the region have provoked introspection, and how the rise of China is catalyzing change.
    http://publications.worldbank.org/ecommerce/catalog/product?context=drilldown&item%5fid =5915809

  57. Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2007: Surging Ahead in Uncertain Times
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    The 2007 edition of UNESCAP's annual survey discusses the region's impressive growth in 2006 amidst rising risks, evaluates subregional performances led by East and Northeast Asia, projects an outlook for 2007 of continuing dynamism, identifies key economic issues to be watched, and considers the economic cost of gender inequality.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1205

  58. Economic Dynamism of Asia in the New Millennium: From the Asian Crisis to a New Stage of Growth
    Yoshinori Shimizu, ed.
    World Scientific

    This book is a compendium of papers by Asian scholars on various new movements that emerged after the Asian financial crisis, which led to Asia becoming the enhanced growth center of the world. Beginning with the analysis of the Asian crisis and the subsequent capital flight, the book goes on to study the impact of these events on the Hong Kong economy, the role of the government in Indonesia, and financial restructuring in Thailand. The book then explores the new movement of regional cooperation, such as free trade agreements and financial cooperation and integration. On the real side of the economy, the book delves into issues such as cooperation between Japan and China, development of the Greater Mekong sub-region, the growth of China, fiscal coordination in Korea, technological networks in East Asia, and growth and inequality in Vietnam.
    http://www.worldscibooks.com/economics/6187.html

  59. Energy for All: Addressing the Energy, Environment, and Poverty Nexus in Asia
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    This study focuses on access to energy for all while keeping in view the energy, environment, and poverty linkages. Issues covered include the current global and Asian energy situations, availability and utilization of resources, prospects for meeting future demand, as well as price and affordability issues. Asian countries need to urgently find ways of addressing these issues if they are to join the ranks of the more developed and prosperous countries.
    Available online:
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Energy-for-All/default.asp

  60. Enhancing the Environmental Cooperation in Northeast Asia in a New Dimension: Regional Cooperation on the Kyoto Mechanisms (ERINA Booklet Vol. 5)
    Toshihiko Nakamura, Shagdar Enkhbayar, and Shoichi Itoh, eds.
    Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA)

    This report is the result of an ongoing project that has been conducted by ERINA since FY2004, which seeks to promote reductions in greenhouse gases through the Kyoto Mechanisms. Drawing on a network of connections in related institutions and groups throughout the region, ERINA has conducted research into the status of progress in relation to CDM/JI (clean development mechanism/joint implementation) in Northeast Asia. In addition to this report, the findings were presented for discussion at a subcommittee meeting during the 2007 Northeast Asia International Conference for Economic Development in Niigata.
    Available online:
    http://www.erina.or.jp/en/Publications/booklet/pdf/bl5-e.pdf

  61. The Environmental Dimension of Asian Security: Conflict and Cooperation over Energy, Resources, and Pollution
    In-Taek Hyun and Miranda Schreurs, eds.

    S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University Northeast Asia is a region with highly disparate levels of industrialization and political systems. It also contains some very troubling security flashpoints-the Taiwan Strait, the Korean Peninsula, and the East China Sea. China's rapacious quest for energy and rapid industrial expansion have led to intense international competition with Japan and the United States, and internal instability as well. North Korea poses two distinct environmental security threats: "famine refugees" and the regime's use of "nuclear blackmail" for subsidized energy. Yet there is very little regional cooperation, despite the need to manage disputes over energy, natural resources, and pervasive pollution. The Environmental Dimension of Asian Security examines these issues through a "regional environmental security complex" that explores the potential for greater intersubjective understandings of regional environmental and natural resource problems and greater institutional collaboration and management.
    http://bookstore.usip.org/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=134288

  62. Equality in Asia-Pacific: Reality or a Contradiction in Terms?
    Phil C. W. Chan, ed.
    Routledge

    In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Nonetheless, as presented by the insightful papers in this collection (published initially as a special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights) dedicated to exploring the place of equality in Asia Pacific societies, evidence suggests that although progress is being made, the right of equality has not yet fully materialized in law or in reality in the world's most populous region. Many factors, particularly entrenched cultural heritage and practices, the lingering effects of colonialism and newly found independence, and above all, pervasive ignorance and prejudices, continue to impede the recognition, development, and protection of equality in this region. Of course, equality has not been fully achieved in societies outside the region either. Such neocolonial thinking in fact perpetuates and assists in the subjugation of the right of equality in the Asia Pacific Region as a matter of relevance and concern only to Western countries. Accordingly, this volume seeks to shed light and generate reflections on the relevant realities outside the region as well.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Equality-in-Asia-Pacific-isbn9780415373296

  63. Ethnic Diasporas and Great Power Strategies in Asia
    Robert G. Wirsing and Rouben Azizian, eds.
    India Research Press and Tara Press

    A significant portion of the world's population consists of ethnic diasporas. These are the dispersed, migrant, or (in some cases) "overseas" communities which, because they may claim a national homeland not currently the one in which they are domiciled, enjoy a status in the newer homeland distinct from other "indigenous" ethnic minorities. Varying in size, socioeconomic standing, and also in the degree of surviving cultural identity and group cohesion, they differ enormously among themselves in terms of both the character and the importance of the roles they now occupy in their adopted homelands.
    This book brings together a dozen regional specialists to assess the importance of overseas, migrant, or "diaspora" ethnic minorities in the strategic calculations of three Asian great powers-India, China, and Russia. Drawing in part on papers presented at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, the book provides both fresh descriptive data on overseas ethnic minorities as well as analyses of how these three Asian giants seek to take advantage of the diaspora phenomenon in their regional and global foreign policies.
    http://www.apcss.org/Publications/Edited%20Volumes/ethnic_diaporas/preface.htm

  64. Failed Diplomacy: The Tragic Story of How North Korea Got the Bomb
    Charles L. Pritchard
    Brookings Institution

    North Korea's development of nuclear weapons raises fears of nuclear war on the peninsula and the specter of terrorists gaining access to weapons of mass destruction. It also represents a dangerous and disturbing breakdown in US foreign policy. Failed Diplomacy offers an insider's view of what went wrong and allowed this isolated nation to develop nuclear weapons. Pritchard was intimately involved in developing America's North Korea policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush. Here, he offers an authoritative analysis of recent developments on the Korean Peninsula and reveals how the Bush administration's mistakes damaged the prospects of controlling nuclear proliferation. Although multilateral negotiations continue, Pritchard proclaims the Six-Party Talks as a failure. While Failed Diplomacy offers a stinging critique of the Bush administration's manner and policy in dealing with North Korea, on a more hopeful note, it suggests what can be learned from missed opportunities.
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/Books/2007/faileddiplomacy.aspx

  65. A Gender Agenda: Asia-Europe Dialogue 3-Economic Empowerment for Gender Equality
    Chia Siow Yue, ed.

    Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) This is the third and final volume produced through a project entitled "A Gender Agenda: Asia- Europe Dialogue," which was co-organized by ASEF and JCIE beginning in 2001. This volume examines the economic empowerment of women through entrepreneurship development at the grassroots level. Six case studies are presented on initiatives in France, Indonesia, Japan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Greece and Turkey. This unique analysis sheds light on the key factors that can hinder or enable economic empowerment and considers how to link economic empowerment of women to social change and gender equality. This volume also includes keynote speeches that were delivered by Magdalena Sroda, Polish plenipotentiary for equal status of women and men, and Senator Loren Legarda of the Philippines, at the final conference of the project held in October 2005 in the Philippines.
    www.jcie.or.jp/books/abstracts/G/gender3.html

  66. Global Multilevel Governance: European and East Asian Leadership
    Cesar de Prado
    United Nations University

    Since the end of the Cold War, European and East Asian states have enhanced a series of regional and transboundary structures and agreements. The European Union has grown into a remarkable model of peaceful supranational cooperation, and countries in Southeast and Northeast Asia are gradually developing the ASEAN+3 process into an East Asian community. This book examines opportunities to sustain peace and prosperity through dynamic, multilevel governance in which individual states better engage in global processes and institutions via broad and hyperlinked regional regimes. De Prado presents four case studies of political, advisory, economic, and social multilevel governance centered in Europe and East Asia. These cases examine government actors advancing traditional agendas through formal regional institutions and flexible intergovernmental processes, Track 2 processes, dynamic economic cooperation through the information and telecommunications sectors, and broader social advancement through regionally and globally educated human resources. The author concludes that the convergence of European and East Asian political, economic, and social agendas could spur the United States and others to better engage in global multilevel governance and reinvigorate organizations such as the United Nations through effective engagement with these dynamic regional and interregional regimes.
    http://www.unu.edu/unupress/catalog/UNUPressCatalogue2006-7.pdf

  67. Globalization and Change in Asia
    Dennis A. Rondinelli and John M. Heffron, eds.
    Lynne Rienner

    Globalization and Change in Asia explores three decades of adjustment on the part of governments, civil society, and the private sector to the complex new forces of international competition. Recognizing that the benefits of globalization have not accrued equally to all Asian countries, nor to all stratums of society, the authors seek lessons that can help shape development policy to effect the greatest good. Thus, they focus on the essential ingredients of the most broadly successful globalization strategies-strategies that can most optimally respond to the economic, social, and technological challenges that lay ahead.
    http://www.rienner.com/title/Globalization_and_Change_in_Asia

  68. Handbook of ASEAN and Regional Cooperation: 12th Summit and Beyond
    Prabhas Chandra Sinha
    Pentagon Press

    A detailed overview of the contemporary situation of ASEAN and the issues of regional cooperation it is facing is offered in this substantial handbook published to coincide with the 2007 Cebu ASEAN Summit. Part one deals with ASEAN action programs, priority sectors, and dispute settlement. Part two is on partnership and dispute settlement, and part three explores ASEAN sectoral integration protocols and road maps.
    http://www.pentagon-press.com/product_details.asp?ImgName=389
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41853

  69. A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia
    Andrew T. H. Tan, ed.
    Edward Elgar

    This timely book seeks to explain the deep-seated complexities of terrorism and insurgency in Southeast Asia. In the aftermath of 9/11, this region has been designated by the United States to be the "second front" in the war on terrorism. Yet despite the emergence of this "new" global terrorism, the authors argue that armed rebellion in Southeast Asia is a phenomenon that predates Al-Qaeda and the global Jihadist movement and that much can be learned from the motivations behind it. Written by a group of leading Western and emerging Southeast Asian scholars, this extensive volume demonstrates the difficulty and diversity of rebellion in Southeast Asia and explores its intricate historical, political, social, and economic roots. The book provides an empirical and regional guide to the complex problem of insurgency in Southeast Asia and also contributes to a more educated understanding that could provide the basis for appropriate counterterrorism strategies in this important part of the world.
    http://www.e-elgar-publicpolicy.com/Bookentry_DESCRIPTION.lasso?id=3966

  70. Handbook on the Northeast And Southeast Asian Economies
    Anis Chowdhury and Iyanatul Islam, eds.
    Edward Elgar

    The Handbook on the Northeast and Southeast Asian Economies provides a broad overview of economic and social developments in the places covered (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam). The analytical narratives on the economic transformation of these economies draw on existing literature and highlight the interactions of sociopolitical factors. They examine the role of economic policies and the influence exerted by historical and political circumstances.
    http://www.e-elgar-asia.com/Bookentry_Main.lasso?id=3555

  71. Harmony and Development: ASEAN-China Relations
    Lai Hongyi and Lim Tin Seng, eds.
    World Scientific Publishing

    This book celebrates the 15th anniversary of China-ASEAN dialogue, which has captured the limelight as a key development in international relations in the Asia Pacific. The contributions discuss a wide range of complex and challenging issues concerning ASEAN-China relations. The first part of the volume begins with an introduction and three speeches. The second and third parts discuss the political, security, and economic aspects of ASEAN-China relations. Some of the specific issues covered in the book include China's rise and its implications for ASEAN, China's political and economic relations with ASEAN, and China's relations with Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines. Contributors include leading scholars and analysts from these countries.
    http://www.nus.edu.sg/NUSinfo/EAI/Books.htm#harmony

  72. Health without Borders: Improving Health and Reducing HIV/AIDS Vulnerability among Long-Distance Road Transport Workers through a Multisectoral Approach
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Long-distance road transport workers are vulnerable to an array of health risks. Substance use, unprotected sex, unsafe roads, poor diets, long working hours, and long absences from home are but some of the documented factors that lead to numerous communicable and noncommunicable diseases and accidents. Importantly, the rapid spread of HIV across communities, countries, and continents is a testimony to the linkages between mobile and migrant groups-exemplified by road transport workers-and the growing epidemic.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1217

  73. IDSA Asian Strategic Review 2007
    S. D. Muni, ed.
    Academic Foundation

    Divided into four sections, this volume deals with strategic developments pertaining to Asia. Recognizing the diverse "push" and "pull" factors impinging on a country's strategic posture, the volume begins with issues of more immediate relevance. Accordingly, the first section on international security issues has articles analyzing India's responses to the global energy security challenges, the resurgent Russia, the emerging military technologies and their security implications for India, the "global war on terror," and issues concerning the nuclear nonproliferation regime. The next three parts contain in-depth analyses of major events in South, East, West, and Central regions of Asia. The wide range of issues includes, for example, the evolving partnership between India and the United States, changes in the contours of the Sino-Indian and Sino-Japanese relationships, an evaluation of the India-Pakistan peace process, the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, Pyongyang's nuclear brinkmanship, Iran's nuclear program, and the role of major powers in Central Asia. The volume also presents a statistical appendix containing defense and conflict-related data for important countries in Asia.
    http://www.idsa.in/books.htm
    http://www.easternbookcorporation.com/moreinfo.php?txt_searchstring=15451

  74. India & China in the Asian Century: Global Economic Power Dynamics
    P. Jegadish Gandhi
    Deep & Deep

    The rise of India and China as economic powerhouses capable of exerting enormous global influence has been the talk of economists and politicians the world over. The key question is whether the two giants will be partners or rivals, and accordingly, how international peace and stability can be secured and areas of conflict resolved. In this commemorative volume published to mark the 10th anniversary of the Vellore Institute of Development Studies of India, economists, diplomats, and researchers contribute a number of papers that examine the problems and opportunities of this new Asian socioeconomic order. Broadly divided into four areas, the authors discuss the dynamics of the Asian Century, the different dimensions of China's economic growth, India's coming of age, and the global economic power dynamics of the two countries.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41248

  75. The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment
    John Sidel
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    In recent years, a steady stream of reportage and commentary has spotlighted a dangerous "Islamist threat" in Southeast Asia. This study, by contrast, offers a very different account. In descriptive terms, this study suggests that such an alarmist picture is highly overdrawn, and it traces instead a pattern of marked decline, demobilization, and disentanglement from state power in recent years for Islamist forces in Southeast Asia. This trend is evident both in the disappointments experienced in recent years by previously ascendant Islamist forces in Indonesia and Malaysia, and in the diminished position of Muslim power brokers in southern Thailand and the Philippines after more than a decade of cooperation with non-Muslim politicians in Manila and Bangkok. A fuller appreciation of aggression by anti-Islamists and non-Muslims, and of the insecurity, weakness, and fractiousness of Islamist forces themselves, helps to explain the nature, extent, and limitations of Islamist violence, aggression, and assertiveness. This overarching alternative framework not only provides a very different explanation for the "Islamist threat" in Southeast Asia but also suggests very different policy implications from those offered by specialists on terrorism working on the region.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PS37/

  76. Japan and Asia in Transition: East Asia Insights 2006-2007
    Hitoshi Tanaka
    Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE)

    This volume is a compilation of the first two years of JCIE's East Asia Insights policy brief series, authored by former Japanese diplomat Hitoshi Tanaka. The briefs were edited and compiled as a single volume in December 2007. These nine essays analyze the course of East Asian regional integration and propose an active Japanese role in strengthening regional community building and establishing an East Asia security forum. Taken together, they map out a vision for East Asia's future, based on the conviction that, in a rapidly evolving region, there is a need to build habits of cooperation among East Asia's major powers.
    www.jcie.or.jp

  77. Japan's Security Policy & the ASEAN Regional Forum: The Search for Multilateral Security in the Asia-Pacific
    Takeshi Yuzawa
    Routledge

    Based on primary resources, including documents and extensive interviews with Japanese policymakers, this book provides a comprehensive and detailed empirical analysis of Japan's involvement in Asia Pacific security multilateralism after the end of the Cold War, with special reference to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). Giving an in-depth account of new developments in Japan's post-Cold War security policy, Yuzawa also examines Japan's initial motivations, expectations, and objectives for promoting regional security multilateralism; Japan's diplomacy for achieving these objectives and experiences in the ARF since its formation; the effectiveness and limitations of the ARF with regard to national and Asia-Pacific security; the effects of Japan's experiences in the ARF on its initial conception of regional security multilateralism and the implications of this for the direction of its overall security policy; and problems and difficulties that arose as a result of Japan's post-Cold War security policy of simultaneously pursuing two different security approaches-namely the strengthening of regional security institutions and the Japan-US alliance. By examining Japan's experiences in security institution building in the region, this study illuminates the future direction of Japan's security policy and questions the validity of contending theoretical perspectives in understanding the role and effectiveness of the ARF.
    http://www.routledge.com/books/Japans-Security-Policy-and-the-ASEAN-Regional-Forumisbn9780415403375

  78. Joint ADB-BFA Annual Report on Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific
    Asian Development Bank (ADB), Boao Forum on Asia (BFA)

    The BFA annual report for 2007 looks at the progress of regional cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific in recent years to see how that can contribute to fostering greater physical connectivity, expanding trade and investment, developing financial systems and maintaining macroeconomic and financial stability, and improving environmental, health, and social conditions. Chapter one gives an overview of recent macroeconomic developments in the region, chapters two to five deal individually with each of the four issues noted above, and chapter six attempts to project the prospects for future economic cooperation and integration in Asia and the Pacific.
    Available online:
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Reports/Boao-Forum-2007/default.asp

  79. Key Indicators of Developing Asian and Pacific Countries 2007: Inequality in Asia
    Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    The Key Indicators of Developing Asian and Pacific Countries 2007 is the 38th edition of the ADB's flagship economics statistical data book. It features 30 regional tables of socioeconomic and financial indicators for 45 developing member countries of the ADB; 8 Millennium Development Goals tables; 45 country tables, with 18-year time series on such data as population, labor force and employment, production, energy, price indices, external trade, etc.; and a special chapter that focuses on inequality in Asia.
    Available online:
    http://www.adb.org/Documents/Books/Key_Indicators/2007/default.asp

  80. Know Your ASEAN
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Know Your ASEAN sets down, in clear and simple language, the basic facts about ASEAN. It does so in the form of 40 questions and their answers. It is among the contributions of ISEAS to the observance of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN's founding. The booklet provides facts on ASEAN's establishment, membership, financing, and decision making. It recalls the association's contributions to regional security. It explains what ASEAN is doing to integrate the regional economy and promote regional cooperation on the environment, infectious diseases, counterterrorism, poverty reduction, and natural disasters. It clarifies such issues as noninterference and human rights. It touches on ASEAN's relations with other countries and international institutions.
    Through this booklet and its other work, ISEAS hopes to contribute to the expansion of public understanding about ASEAN, recognizing the fact that regional solidarity, integration, and cooperation will be possible only with sufficient public support.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/BM328/

  81. Korea in the New Asia: East Asian Integration and the China Factor
    Fran�oise Nicolas, ed.
    Routledge

    Since the late 1980s, a number of regional developments have affected South Korea's political and economic standing in Asia. China's spectacular growth and closer integration with its neighboring economies, along with its more assertive political and diplomatic activity, have deeply altered the economic and political East Asian environment. Simultaneously, the 1997-1998 financial crisis catalyzed a process of increased regional cooperation in East Asia. China's rise has imposed a leadership problem that may constitute a major obstacle on the road to deeper regional integration, as well as add force to the need for collective action, and it is this paradox that may give South Korea a key role in the reorganization of the region. Moreover, inter-Korean relations and Korea's future security environment may also feel the effects of the rise of China. Written by an international team of experts, Korea in the New Asia seeks to analyze to what extent and how South Korea may contribute to, and take advantage of, the new regional configuration in East Asia.
    http://www.ifri.org/frontDispatcher/ifri/publications/ouvrages_1031930151985/publi_P_publ_ asie_fnroutledge___1182182370085?language=us

  82. Korean Security in a Changing East Asia
    Terence Roehrig, Jungmin Seo, Uk Heo
    Praeger Security International

    Since its partition in the 1950s, the Korean Peninsula has directly or indirectly shaped the broader security relations between regional powerhouses. Japan, feeling increasingly threatened by the North Korean regime and China's extravagant military expenditures, has begun questioning Article 9 of its constitution, which renounces war and the maintenance of armed forces. Its neighbors, still haunted by Japanese atrocities during World War II, are fearful of a new nuclear arms race in the region. The United States, for its part, has adopted unprecedented hard-line policies in response to 9/11, going so far as to condemn North Korea as part of an "axis of evil." It has strengthened its alliance with Japan and alienated its longtime strategic partner, South Korea. Add to this the economic entanglements of each of these countries both with each other and with the rest of the world, and the regional security issues become even more paramount.
    This study makes sense of these complex alliances and frictions and offers perspectives on the future of the region, the potential for military conflict and a new arms race, and the ways to maintain peace and stability.
    http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/C9834.aspx

  83. Legacies of World War II in South and East Asia
    David Koh Wee Hock, ed.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Sixty years after the end of World War II, the political and social fallout from the war is alive and divisive, as scholars in this volume show. One example is how former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine prevented China, Japan, and South Korea from sitting down together to talk about Northeast Asian integration and wider Asian integration. Another example is the question of comfort women. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's statement that there is no evidence that Japan's government or army forced women to work in military brothels during the war appeared to go back on a 1993 apology for the comfort women. How such issues of history are dealt with by countries of this region has an effect on contemporary relations among the major powers contending for leadership in East Asia.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PIC162/

  84. Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
    Kwa Chong Guan and John Skogan, eds.
    Routledge

    This book confronts both the maritime security challenges and responses. In Southeast Asia, maritime security has taken on a much greater importance over the last 20 years due to the Law of the Sea Convention, which has resulted in 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). In addition to traditional security threats to maritime security, there has also emerged a range of nontraditional threats, such as those emanating from piracy and international terrorism that spill over into the maritime domain. Events such as September 11, and the designation of Southeast Asia as a "second front" in the war against terrorism have resulted in the growing realization that multilateral security cooperation is required in order to better manage emerging security threats.
    Expert contributors to this book identify the nature of the maritime security problem and critically evaluate the various responses with an eye to improving the management of prevailing and emerging security threats.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Maritime-Security-in-Southeast-Asia-isbn9780 415413886

  85. The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    The Millennium Development Goals: Progress in Asia and the Pacific 2007 report is the latest in the Asia-Pacific MDG Study Series under the tripartite initiative of the UNESCAP, the Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations Development Programme. This report is a midpoint review of the MDG progress in this region, with a special focus on countries and groups of people within countries that are "left behind" in achieving the goals.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1233

  86. Natural Disaster Reduction: Global Perspectives, South East Asian Realities and Global Strategies
    Dilip Kumar Sinha
    Anthem Press

    In the aftermath of considerable seismic unrest caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, this volume focuses on exposing the coastal vulnerability of the region. Despite a plethora of enquiries into natural disasters in different parts of the globe, there is now a more conspicuous concern than ever for the Southeast Asian region. This global concern has become all the more prevalent since the Hyogo Declaration in January 2005 and the recent Asian Summit in Indonesia.
    The purpose of this treatise is to bring the characteristics of the disastrous events of the region to the fore, seeking to present not only the continuing fatalities and fragilities of the area but also the possibilities for coping with natural disasters. The book's layout is specifically shaped by the nature of the damage and threat caused by these disasters, particularly concerning the communities at risk and their responses.
    http://atlantis.terrassl.net/anthempress.com/product_info.php?&products_id=252&osCsid=fvab teulitbfi9aqb4mek1ge23

  87. The New Asian Power Dynamic
    Maharajakrishna Rasgotra, ed.
    Sage

    This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia-the United States, China, India, Japan, and Russia. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the United States, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers that will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia. Led by Maharajakrishna Rasgotra, the chairman of India's National Security Advisory Board, academics and diplomats contribute essays that analyze the changing power equations between the powers from India's point of view. The contributors identify competing and converging political, security, and economic interests, outline India's foreign policy options, and argue that India's relations with the United States should receive the highest priority.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=41631

  88. A New East Asia: Toward a Regional Community
    Kazuko Mori and Kenichiro Hirano, eds.
    Singapore University Press

    East Asia is normally identified as a group of countries lying along the Western edge of the Pacific Ocean, but in recent years scholars have begun thinking about a new East Asia that is a community rather than a set of sovereign states. This regional community is a theoretical notion variously defined on the basis of economic or political relations, philosophical orientations, language, or other criteria, with each standard producing a different set of boundaries. This book looks at the new East Asia from a Northeast Asian perspective, considering it both as a theoretical construct and a practical reality.
    The authors are Asian studies specialists, mainly from Japan but with contributions from Korea and the United States as well, and they consider the trade and economic interaction, diplomacy, and security arrangements of East Asia. Prepared as part of a five-year research program conducted by Waseda University's 21st Century Center of Excellence for the Creation of Contemporary Asian Studies, the essays are published here in English for the first time.
    http://www.nus.edu.sg/sup/9971-69-382-4.html

  89. Nuclear Proliferation in Northeast Asia: The Quest for Security
    Andrew O'Neil
    Palgrave Macmillan

    To what extent does the failing strategy of nonproliferation pose serious challenges for Northeast Asia's security environment? Are there alternative strategies for managing nuclear weapons in the region? Should the presence of nuclear weapons in Northeast Asia necessarily be seen in exclusively negative terms, as many experts believe?
    This volume examines Northeast Asia's security order, the failing strategy of nuclear nonproliferation, whether a nuclear armed North Korea can be managed, whether nuclear coexistence is possible between China and Japan, and the nuclear future of the region.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=283253

  90. Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy
    Roland Rich
    Lynne Rienner

    What does democracy look like in Pacific Asia? Can democratic governance in the region survive the challenges of corruption, violence, and soft authoritarianism? What impact are economic pressures likely to have? These are among the broad questions tackled in Pacific Asia in Quest of Democracy, a comparative study of democratic structures and practices in Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
    Roland Rich, executive director of the United Nations Democracy Fund, offers an original approach to a series of traditional topics: the institutions and legal underpinnings of democracy, the roles of political parties and politicians, and the significance of a changing political culture. He also draws on his long experience living and working in the region to explore the public conversations taking place and the media that facilitates them. His elegantly written work suggests that, although the countries of Pacific Asia lack a long democratic tradition, much more significant are the innovative democratic design and the enthusiasm for democratic participation exhibited there.
    http://www.rienner.com/title/Pacific_Asia_in_Quest_of_Democracy

  91. Pacific Century: The Emergence of Modern Pacific Asia (3rd edition)
    Mark Borthwick
    Westview Press

    The Asia Pacific region is rapidly emerging as the global economic and political powerhouse of the 21st century. Looking at both Southeast and East Asia, this richly illustrated volume stresses broad, crosscutting themes of regional history, with an emphasis on the interactions between cultures and nations. In this updated third edition, Mark Borthwick provides a significantly revised introduction, which places the contemporary rise of China within the context of the political, cultural, and economic evolution of the region since ancient times. He then considers more recent developments in their historical context, balancing national and international factors underlying Asia Pacific economic growth and political change. New areas receiving attention in the third edition include Japan's recovery from economic stagnation, Japan's new political landscape, China's economic transformation and leadership in East Asian regionalism, the North Korean crisis, and the Asia Pacific impact on the global economic system. The book also provides chronological updates for Cambodia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Borthwick concludes with an examination of the key domestic and international issues facing the nations of Pacific Asia and the growing influence of these nations on North America and the world economy.
    http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Century-Emergence-Modern-Asia/dp/0813343550/ref=pd_ bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201276739&sr=1-1

  92. Pacific Food System Outlook 2006-2007: The Future Role of Biofuels
    Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)

    The Pacific Food System Outlook's 10th anniversary report examines the current status of and future prospects for biofuels in the region. Current ethanol and biodiesel production in the PECC region is quite modest, even in the United States and China where programs are most advanced. Yet many economies across the region are developing biofuel programs to reduce dependence on imported petroleum; mitigate harmful emissions, including greenhouse gases; and boost rural economies. In the energy programs of most nations, biofuels will likely play an expanding but modest role as part of a broad-based portfolio of solutions to high oil prices. In addition to biofuels, that portfolio may include conservation, more efficient energy use, and expanded production of oil, nonconventional fossil fuels, and other alternatives. Biofuels' future role will be even more significant with the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol.
    Available online:
    http://www.pecc.org/food/pfso-singapore2006/PECC_Annual_06_07.pdf

  93. Peace in the Pacific: Confronting the Issues
    Stephen Leong, ed.
    Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

    This volume encompasses selected papers from the 20th Asia Pacific Roundtable conference that took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2006. The roundtable, launched in 1987, brings together all the adversary nations in the region to talk about what they think of some of the prevailing tensions and conflicts in the region, how these tensions can be reduced, how confidence can be built, and how conflicts can be resolved.
    http://www.isis.org.my/html/publicns/pub_books.htm

  94. The Peninsula Question
    Yoichi Funabashi
    Brookings Institution

    In October 2002, the United States confronted North Korea with suspicions that Pyongyang was enriching uranium in violation of the Agreed Framework that the nations had worked out during the Clinton administration. North Korea subsequently evicted international monitors and resumed its nuclear weapons program. The Peninsula Question chronicles the resulting second Korean nuclear crisis.
    Japanese journalist Yoichi Funabashi, informed by interviews with more than 160 diplomats and decision makers from China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States, provides a behind-the-scenes look at the negotiations to denuclearize the peninsula. The Peninsula Question provides a window of understanding on the historical, geopolitical, and security concerns at play on the Korean peninsula since 2002.
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/Books/2007/peninsulaquestion.aspx

  95. Persistent and Emerging Issues in Rural Poverty Reduction
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    It is estimated that around 70 percent of the poor in Asia Pacific live and work in rural areas. This is a clear indication that there is a need for renewed attention to the unique rural dimensions of poverty and greater efforts to reduce rural poverty. Beyond issues of agricultural productivity, the rural poor face multiple deprivations from lack of assets, isolation, alienation, dependence, powerlessness, vulnerability, and lack of freedom of choice. This publication examines efforts being made to alleviate rural poverty and future challenges in tackling rural poverty given the rapidly changing rural conditions in the region. It contains the report of the Expert Group Meeting on Rural Poverty Reduction and also reports on the outcome of other UNESCAP activities related to rural poverty reduction.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1199

  96. Political and Security Dynamics of South and Southeast Asia
    Daljit Singh, ed.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Security and economic imperatives are increasingly intertwining the destinies of Southeast and South Asia, making it necessary for scholars on both sides to deepen their understanding of each other's regions. This collection of papers, first presented at a dialogue between ISEAS in Singapore and the Observer Research Foundation of India in March 2006, provides perspectives from India and Singapore on some of the major security and political issues facing the two regions. The subjects covered include regional integration trends as symbolized by the first East Asia Summit, the roles of the major powers, maritime security and naval deployments in the Indian Ocean region, and political and security developments within Southeast Asia.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PIC163/

  97. The Political Economy of the SARS Epidemic
    Grace Lee and Malcolm Warner
    Routledge

    This book discusses the political economy of the SARS epidemic and its impact on human resources in East Asia, as it occurred in 2003. The epidemic spread from the People's Republic of China to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan, among other countries in East Asia, and as far away as North America, the EU, and elsewhere. The book looks first at earlier precedents, such as the Black Death, and the way in which the potential threats of the recent epidemic were diffused across the world in "instant news" reports. It examines why SARS was dubbed the first "global epidemic" due to its media coverage and how far the threat started a psychological "tsunami" of fear and panic. Next, it examines the anticipated economic consequences arising from this phenomenon and how it affected the business of everyday life, market behavior, and human resources in the Chinese and overseas Chinese economies. It concludes with a discussion of the issues involved and lessons to be learned and draws conclusions both for theory and practice vis-�-vis future pandemics that may threaten the global economy in the coming decade and the public policy issues involved.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/The-Political-Economy-of-the-SARS-Epidemicisbn9780415394987

  98. A Politico-economic Approach to Northeast Asian Regional Cooperation: Search for a New Model and Korea's Strategies
    Hyungdo Ahn and Jehoon Park
    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)

    The purpose of this report is to present a new model of Northeast Asian regional integration from a political economy approach that considers political security factors, social and cultural factors, and economic factors together. This approach is based on the recognition that regional integration may not be solely explained by economic factors. To that end, this report first examines major regional communities- AFTA, EU, MERCOSUR, and NAFTA-and their current state of integration. How these communities have historically developed is studied with regard to functional economic integration, social and cultural circumstance, political security, and institutional integration. Factors that contribute to and hinder integration are also studied. The report proposes a new Northeast Asian regional integration model, the Northeast Asian Way. Available online:
    http://www.kiep.go.kr/eng/std_data_view.asp?num=180516&sCate=013001&sSubCate=&lTp =r&nowPage=1&listCnt=10

  99. Power and Security in Northeast Asia: Shifting Strategies
    Byung-Kook Kim and Anthony Jones, eds.
    Lynne Rienner

    As China's influence rises and the United States attempts to retain its primacy in Northeast Asia, the countries of the region are reconsidering their own security needs and availing themselves of new opportunities. Power and Security in Northeast Asia explores the complexities of current security strategies in the region, revealing motivations and policies not often considered by traditional international relations analyses.
    http://www.rienner.com/title/Power_and_Security_in_Northeast_Asia_Shifting_Strategies

  100. Public Health in Asia and the Pacific
    Milton J. Lewis and Kerrie L. MacPherson, eds.
    Routledge

    The Asia Pacific region has not only the greatest concentration of population but is, arguably, the future economic center of the world. Epidemiological transition in the region is occurring much faster than it did in the West, and many countries face the emerging problem of chronic diseases at the same time as they continue to grapple with communicable diseases. This book explores how disease patterns and health problems in Asia Pacific, and collective responses to them, have been shaped over time by cultural, economic, social, demographic, environmental, and political factors. With 14 chapters, each devoted to a country in the region, the authors take a comparative and historical approach to the evolution of public health and preventive medicine and offer a broader understanding of the links in a globalizing world between health on the one hand and culture, economy, polity, and society on the other. Public Health in Asia and the Pacific presents the importance of the nonmedical context in the history of human disease, as well as the significance of disease in the larger histories of the region.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Public-Health-in-Asia-and-the-Pacific-isbn97804 15359627

  101. Reasserting the Rural Development Agenda: Lessons Learned and Emerging Challenges in Asia
    Arsenio Molina Balisacan and Nobuhiko Fuwa, eds.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    The agricultural sector's perceived importance in the international development circle waned dramatically after the 1980s, and investments in rural development and agricultural research and development declined sharply. This volume reasserts the role of agricultural and rural development in the economic development debate. By revisiting the evolution of ideas, paradigms, and empirical evidence, and by drawing on Asian experiences, the book intends to set a reinvigorated agenda on agricultural and rural development both for research and policy discussions in the coming decades.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PIC157/

  102. Reassessing Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Competition, Congruence, and Transformation
    Amitav Acharya and Evelyn Goh, eds.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

    Since the 1990s, Asia Pacific countries have changed their approaches to security cooperation and regional order. The end of the Cold War, the resurgence of China, the Asian economic crisis, and the events of September 11, 2001, have all contributed to important changes in the Asia Pacific security architecture. In addition to the traditional bilateral security arrangements based on the US "hub and spokes" alliance system, there has been an increase in multilateral efforts, including the ASEAN Regional Forum, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the Shangrila Dialogue, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. But because of their varying membership, scope, and mandates, these new arrangements have suffered from a lack of coordination.
    This volume reassesses security cooperation in the region in light of such recent developments as the emergence of new roles for existing institutions, the rise of new institutions, challenges to existing norms of regional interaction, increasing formalization or legalization of regional institutions, the reconstruction of modes of security cooperation that were once seen as mutually exclusive, and the creation of ad hoc and informal security approaches.
    http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=10657

  103. Regional Cooperation in South Asia and Southeast Asia
    Kripa Sridharan
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    The general view about regionalism seems to be that it is better to have regionalized and faltered than never to have regionalized at all. Inspired by this observation, this study aims to provide a comparative sketch of regionalism in South and Southeast Asia in light of recent regional developments. Since regionalism is both a pervasive and amorphous phenomenon, a straightforward account of its similarities and differences cannot be easily set down. But the broad patterns of behavior of the regional actors who gather under a regional roof can be captured and compared. To compare is not only to understand but also to improve and avoid the avoidable. This book analyzes the highs and lows of regional experience mainly in South Asia (SAARC) and Southeast Asia (ASEAN), interspersed with references to the EU where relevant. The book argues that regionalism is here to stay and both imitation and innovation are the preferred strategies for sustaining the process. It points out that economic integration requires certain prior conditions to be fulfilled and does not happen merely because governments wish it to happen.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/

  104. Regional Integration in East Asia From the View of Spatial Economics
    Masahisa Fujita
    Palgrave Macmillan

    With the globalization of economic activity bringing about the expansion of markets and deepening of economic interdependency beyond state borders, a new political challenge arises: how to effectively integrate the interdependent economies into a harmonious unity through the creation of new super-state institutions. This book applies a spatial economics perspective to the understanding of the recent dynamism of the global economy, with particular focus on East Asia. In addition, it examines the prospects of regional integration in East Asia.
    http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=276646

  105. Regional Order in East Asia: ASEAN and Japan Perspectives
    Jun Tsunekawa, ed.
    National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan

    This book aims at presenting perceptions of the emerging regional order in East Asia from ASEAN 5 (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore) and Japan. Jusuf Wanandi offers a concise overview of the strategic developments in the Asia Pacific region, which is followed by papers that deal with the challenges and the roles of ASEAN and Japan in establishing a regional order in the current complex regional situation.
    The writers are the main contributors to the Defense Research Exchange Program with Southeast Asian Nations hosted by the NIDS. Their chapters examine such issues as the search for regional order in East Asia; the institutionalization of the regional order; building the new East Asia; ASEAN and major powers in the new emerging regional order; mainland Southeast Asia, ASEAN, and the major powers in the regional order; and the relationship between an East Asia Community and Japan.
    Available online:
    http://www.nids.go.jp/english/dissemination/joint_research/series1/pdf/series1-1.pdf

  106. Regional Outlook Forum 2007: Summary Report
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    This summary report of the 10th Regional Outlook Forum (ROF), organized by ISEAS on January 4, 2007, is the inaugural summary of proceedings of an ROF. It records the most significant points raised by the speakers at the ROF and is intended to serve as a guide for action. Issues addressed at the forum include strategic trends in East Asia; the dynamics of regional economics; religious extremism in Southeast Asia; economic and social ramifications of the haze in the region; political trends in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Myanmar; and terrorism.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/PIC159/

  107. Regional Outlook: Southeast Asia 2007-2008
    Russell Hiang-Khng Heng and Rahul Sen, eds.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Launched in 1992, Regional Outlook is an annual publication of ISEAS, published every January. Designed for the busy executive, professional, diplomat, journalist, or interested observer, Regional Outlook aims to provide a succinct analysis of current political and economic trends shaping the region, and the outlook for the forthcoming two years. This forward-looking book contains focused political commentaries and economic forecasts on all 10 countries in Southeast Asia, as well as a select number of topical pieces of significance to the region. In the 2007-2008 edition, thematic highlights include the United States and Southeast Asia, China's relations with Southeast Asia, India's strategic engagement with Southeast Asia, implications of the crude oil move, East Asian regionalism, Asian currencies and globalization, and Thailand's financial and corporate sector reforms and consequences.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/RO_07/

  108. Regionalism and Globalisation in East Asia: Politics, Security & Economic Development
    Mark Beeson
    Palgrave Macmillan

    This book examines the distinctive character and evolution of political systems, economic structures, and security relationships of East Asia, a dynamic region that will profoundly influence global developments in the 21st century. Mark Beeson places East Asian development in the unique historical circumstances that have underpinned its remarkable rise to prominence over the last few decades. This multidimensional analysis provides the basis for an assessment of current efforts to develop a unified East Asian region.
    http://us.macmillan.com/regionalismandglobalizationineastasia

  109. Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies: Challenges and Prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States in the New Millennium
    Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Singapore, and the Malaysian Association for American
    Studies

    This book critically examines the concept of religious pluralism in democratic societies in the context of globalization, and the challenges and prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. Part one specifically deals with the characteristics, problems, and challenges of religious diversity and coexistence in Southeast Asia and the United States, and how immigration has played a key role in contributing to multiculturalism and religious coexistence. Part two specifically focuses on the growing problems and challenges of religious diversity in Europe. Part three attempts to link democracy and the separation of religion and state to the problems and prospects for conflict resolution in increasingly pluralistic environments. The conclusion offers perspectives and proposals for multireligious coexistence under conditions of globalization and in the post-9/11 era.
    http://www.kas.de/proj/home/pub/73/2/year-2007/dokument_id-10142/index.html

  110. Report on an APEC High-Level Public-Private Policy Dialogue on the Policy Framework for Investment
    Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

    In April 2007, Melbourne, Australia, hosted a High-Level Public-Private Policy Dialogue on the Policy Framework for Investment (PFI) to consider how APEC's member economies might make use of the OECD's PFI to improve investment climates. The dialogue was held against the broader context that the APEC region is underperforming in investment growth and that many economies in the region are significant exporters of capital despite huge domestic needs. It also occurred as APEC's Investment Experts Group is finalizing analysis of behind-the-border barriers to investment including intellectual property rights, transparency, governance, taxation, competition policies, business mobility, poor physical and legal infrastructure, and the need to improve human capital. The main purpose of the dialogue was to educate government officials and other opinion leaders in APEC member economies about the PFI and the effective use of that tool in domestic reform efforts. The report contains the presentations made at the meeting and a summary.
    Available online:
    http://www.apec.org/apec/publications/free_downloads/2007.html

  111. The Rise, the Fall, and the Recovery of Southeast Asia's Minidragons: How Can Their History Be Lessons We Shall Learn During the Twenty-First Century and Beyond?
    David Hollingsworth
    Lexington Books

    The Rise, the Fall, and the Recovery of Southeast Asia's Minidragons offers a comprehensive study of recent Asian economic history. As the global economy adjusts to an increasing Asian presence, Hollingsworth examines specific case models from the 1990s to draw conclusions, create paradigms, and prepare guidelines for the future. With studies ranging from Taiwan to Malaysia and an in-depth analysis of the Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998, this is one of the most in-depth studies of contemporary Asian economic history. With clear focus and a wide range, Hollingsworth shows the relevance of recent history to the current economic situations.
    http://www.lexingtonbooks.com/Catalog/SingleBook.shtml?command=Search&db=^DB/CAT ALOG.db&eqSKUdata=0739119818

  112. Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy
    Bates Gill
    Brookings Institution

    China's diplomatic strategy has changed dramatically since the mid-1990s, creating both challenges and opportunities for other world powers. Through a combination of pragmatic security policies, growing economic clout, and increasingly deft diplomacy, China has established productive and increasingly solid relationships throughout Asia and around the globe. Yet US policymakers have only just begun to comprehend these critical changes. Noted China analyst Bates Gill offers a comprehensive and far-reaching analysis of the transformation in China's security diplomacy, persuasively making the case for a more nuanced and focused policy toward Beijing.
    Over the past decade, China's approach to regional and global security affairs has become more proactive, practical, and constructive, a trend favoring US interests in many ways. At the same time, China's new strategy has also bolstered its international influence and may enhance its ability to resolve thorny issues-such as Taiwan's future-on its own terms. In exploring these dynamics, Gill focuses on Chinese policy in three areas: regional security mechanisms, nonproliferation and arms control, and questions of sovereignty and intervention. Looking to the future, he offers specific recommendations for a balanced and realistic approach that emphasizes what China and the United States have in common, rather than what divides them.
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/Books/2007/risingstar.aspx

  113. The Role of Knowledge Communities in Constructing Asia-Pacific Security: How Thought and Talk Make War and Peace
    Tan See Seng
    Edwin Mellen Press

    This study is an effort to address the dearth of critical and post-positivist perspectives in security studies of and about the Asia Pacific region. It demonstrates how regional communities of security specialists and intellectuals, including knowledge communities such as ASEAN-ISIS and CSCAP have contributed to just such a state-centric, political image at the expense of alternative ideas and, in so doing, have promoted and legitimized their own identities as authorities on regional security. This work shows how post-positivist analysis, contrary to what its many detractors may think, is neither prolix nor self-indulgent. Rather, it invites critical reflection on the conditions that produce particular "urgent questions" (albeit at the expense of other questions) of international relations, such as the question of Asia Pacific regional security.
    http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=6981&pc=9

  114. Russia, America, and Security in the Asia-Pacific
    Rouben Azizian, ed.
    Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and Far Eastern National University (Vladivostok)

    Published in both Russian and English, this book represents both US and Russian perspectives on key issues in the Asia Pacific region. Written by a group of leading specialists on international relations in the Asia Pacific region, each topic is represented by two papers-one authored by an American and the other by a Russian expert-which allows the reader to assess and compare Russian and American approaches to major issues of regional politics. The study is intended to assist Asia Pacific security practitioners and policymakers in identifying both impediments and opportunities, closing gaps, narrowing differences of opinion, and stimulating better cooperation between the two countries.
    http://www.apcss.org/core/APCSS%20News/releases/2006/azizanpub.htm

  115. The Second Bush Administration and Southeast Asia
    Richard P. Cronin
    Henry L. Stimson Center

    For the rest of its term, the Bush administration will continue its current policy toward Southeast Asia based on the assumption that the region will remain an area of peace, stability, economic growth, relatively free and open trade, and comparatively low priority to US global interests. The administration has achieved significant results in promoting antiterrorist cooperation with Southeast Asian countries but otherwise its policies have shown neither a strategic vision nor a consistent focus. The preoccupation of senior officials with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and a mismatch of desired objectives and resources have been important sources of inconsistency. The administration has made some modest policy adjustments in the past several years that should keep US involvement with the region generally on an upward path, but follow-through remains a problem. The administration has belatedly responded to China's rising role and influence with several low-cost initiatives designed to signal greater support for ASEAN. On the other hand, the administration's efforts to respond to the ever expanding "noodle bowl" of low quality and preferential free trade agreements (FTAs) in Southeast Asia have been hampered in part by a "one-size-fits-all" policy of using regional FTA negotiations to promote a global trade agenda.
    http://www.stimson.org/pub.cfm?id=446

  116. Securing Japan: Tokyo's Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia
    Richard Samuels
    Cornell University

    For the past 60 years, the US government has assumed that Japan's security policies would reinforce American interests in Asia. The political and military profile of Asia is changing rapidly, however. What is the next step for Japan's security policy? Will confluence with US interests-and the alliance-survive intact? Will the policy be transformed? Or will Japan become more autonomous?
    Samuels demonstrates that over the last decade, a revisionist group of Japanese policymakers has consolidated power. The Koizumi government of the early 2000s took bold steps to position Japan's military to play a global security role. It left its successor, the Abe government, to further define and legitimate Japan's new grand strategy, a project well underway-and vigorously contested both at home and in the region. Securing Japan begins by tracing the history of Japan's grand strategy. Samuels shows how the ideological connections across these wars and agreements help explain today's debate. He then explores Japan's recent strategic choices, arguing that Japan will ultimately strike a balance between national strength and national autonomy, a position that will allow it to exist securely without being either too dependent on the United States or too vulnerable to threats from China.
    http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/cup_detail.taf?ti_id=4739

  117. Securing Southeast Asia: The Politics of Security Sector Reform
    Mark Beeson and Alex Bellamy
    Routledge

    This book uniquely applies the security reform agenda to Southeast Asia. It investigates recent developments in civil-military relations in the region, looking in particular at the impact and utility of the agenda on the region and assessing whether it is likely to help make the region more stable and less prone to military interventions.
    It provides a historical overview of the region's civil-military relations and goes on to explore the dynamics of civil-military relations within the context of the security sector reform framework, focusing on the experiences of four of the region's militaries: Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. It argues that although regional militaries have not necessarily followed a "Western model," significant developments have occurred that are broadly in keeping with the security sector reform agenda, and which suggest that the prospects for stable civil-military relations are brighter than some skeptics believe.
    http://www.routledgeasianstudies.com/books/Securing-Southeast-Asia-isbn9780415416191

  118. Security Dynamics in a Changing East Asia: Views from the Next Generation (Issues & Insights Vol. 7, No. 10)
    Pacific Forum CSIS

    In September 2006, the Asia-Pacific Security Forum (APSF) held its 10th meeting, bringing together academics and analysts from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, the United States, and Europe. The APSF focused on three themes: (1) nationalism, democracy, and security in East Asia; (2) the search for energy and resources in the Asia Pacific; and (3) regional security organizations in the Asia Pacific. In addition to bringing together experts, the meeting also included members of the Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders Program, who participated in the meeting and shared their views on these issues. Not only did they engage actively in discussions and debate with senior participants, but they also collaborated among themselves to write the essays in this volume.
    Available online:
    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/issuesinsights_v07n10.pdf

  119. Southeast Asian Affairs 2007
    Daljit Singh and Lorraine Carlos Salazar, eds.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    Southeast Asian Affairs 2007 provides an informed and readable analysis of the events and developments in the region in 2006. In the regional section of this volume, the first two articles provide the political and economic overview of Southeast Asia, while the third and fourth examine the character of political development in the region. Eleven country reviews as well as five special theme articles follow, delving into domestic political, economic, security, and social developments during 2006 and their implications for countries in the region and beyond.
    http://bookshop.iseas.edu.sg/bookmarks/SEAA07/

  120. State of the Region 2007-2008
    Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC)

    The Asia Pacific region will experience slower economic growth in 2008 but is likely to avoid a sharp downturn due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States, according to PECC's annual State of the Region report. PECC forecasters expect 4.9 percent real GDP growth for the region as a whole in 2008, rising to 5.2 percent in 2009, assuming that the United States does not enter into a recession and that a recovery in the housing sector takes place in the second half of 2008.
    The report includes the findings of PECC's annual survey of opinion leaders in the Asia Pacific region. Respondents identified high energy prices, water pollution, and global warming as the top three risks to economic growth in the region. The survey also found considerable dissatisfaction with the current state of regional organizations. In general, APEC and ASEAN were rated more highly than their younger siblings, the East Asia Summit and ASEAN+3. Opinion leaders were split, however, on whether APEC remains as important today as it was in 1989. Respondents overwhelmingly agreed with the idea that Asian economies should play a bigger role in multilateral institutions like the IMF and the World Bank.
    http://www.pecc.org/sotr/

  121. Strategic Asia 2007-08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy
    Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.
    National Bureau for Asian Research (NBR)

    Written by some of America's leading specialists, this book examines the varied political transitions and internal changes occurring in pivotal Asian states and evaluates the impact on Asian foreign policymaking and strategy. Through a combination of country, regional, and topical studies, the book assesses the patterns of political development, the drivers of internal change, the character of governance, and prospects for political stability in the region, and draws implications for Asia and the United States.
    http://www.nbr.org/publications/book.aspx?ID=449

  122. Strategic Goals in US, Japan, and China Relations (Issues & Insights vol. 7, no. 6)
    Brad Glosserman, rapporteur
    Pacific Forum CSIS

    Relations among the United States, Japan, and China have experienced profound swings throughout the decade of trilateral meetings that the Pacific Forum CSIS has hosted with partners from Japan and China. This report summarizes the 11th round of discussions, which took place in April 2007. At the time, the various bilateral relationships were all on upswings. Japan and China were still celebrating the successful visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Japan weeks before; relations between the United States and Japan were strong; and US-China relations were solid, with high-level dialogues proceeding and cooperation continuing. Most important, there were no apparent obstacles to current solid bilateral relations.
    Nonetheless, positive relations among the three countries have not translated into a solid trilateral relationship. The triangle is still composed of three distinct sets of relationships and there has been little effort at forging three-way discussions or cooperation. The discussions summarized here addressed the fundamental concerns of the three countries and explored ways they could work together to realize shared interests.
    Available online:
    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/issuesinsights_v07n06.pdf

  123. Study on National Coordination Mechanisms for Trade and Transport Facilitation in the UNESCAP Region
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Facilitation of international trade and transport involves many government agencies and authorities as well as public and private entities. Efficient and effective coordination among all relevant government agencies and authorities, and good collaboration between the public and private sectors are crucial for the formulation and implementation of facilitation measures. The aim of the study is to provide (1) global and regional overviews of activities undertaken with regard to the national trade and transport facilitation coordination, (2) good practices in establishing new mechanisms and strengthening existing coordination mechanisms, and (3) guidelines and recommendations for establishment or strengthening of national coordination mechanisms for trade and transport facilitation in the Asia Pacific region.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1251

  124. Sustainable Infrastructure in Asia
    United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

    Asia now has 71 percent of the global population that is without access to improved sanitation and 58 percent of those without access to safe drinking water. In the coming decades, a growing population and increased urbanization requires Asian countries to build the water, energy, waste management, and transport infrastructure that will support their needs. At the same time, "green growth" calls for continued economic growth while ensuring that resources are used sustainably. Yet the region's environmental infrastructure is insufficient, and as a result, environmental carrying capacities throughout the region are being overwhelmed. Many countries in Asia often face challenges of developing sustainable infrastructure due to institutional, technological, and financial insufficiency. What are the fundamental and essential factors to facilitate and accelerate this shift toward green growth? As home to some of the world's fastest growing economies, one of the most important issues for the region's policymakers to consider is that of sustainable infrastructure. New innovations and the incorporation of eco-efficient principles into the infrastructure development process play a critical role in improving environmental sustainability.
    Available online:
    http://www.unescap.org/publications/detail.asp?id=1227

  125. The Talibanization of Southeast Asia: Losing the War on Terror to Islamist Extremists
    Biveer Singh
    Praeger Security International

    Long before the terrorist attacks of September 11 awakened the United States and the Western world to the heightened level of the terrorist threat, Southeast Asia had been dealing with this threat. The bombing in Bali that killed 202 people was by no means the region's first experience with Islamic extremism, which can be traced back to the 1940s. The most recent group to emerge is Al-Jama'ah Al-Islamiyah, the most potent Islamic terrorist organization to date in the region and the group behind the Bali bombing. Prior to 9/11, the terrorist challenge was essentially national in character, with groups attempting either to secede from the central government to form a new state or to force the central government to adopt policies that would support the raison d'�tre of these extremist groups. Essentially, this involved the establishment of a political system that was more Islamic in character, either nationally or within a specific territory of a national state. This book analyzes the increasing Talibanization of Southeast Asia, a relatively new phenomenon that involves the adoption of Islamist doctrines, ideologies, and values that are largely militant in character, and that for some groups includes the adoption of violence to achieve their goals.
    http://www.greenwood.com/psi/book_detail.aspx?sku=C9995

  126. Ten Years After: Revisiting the Asian Financial Crisis
    Bhumika Muchhala, ed.
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

    The year 2007 marked 10 years since the onset of the Asian financial and economic crisis, a critical event in contemporary economic history that had a profound impact on the people, the economies, and the stability of the Asian region. This volume is a report from an event held on May 16, 2007, by the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC to re-evaluate the Asian financial crisis. That crisis was not only a financial crisis, but also a human crisis and a crisis of globalization. Decades of economic progress in East and Southeast Asia were jeopardized, as daunting levels of poverty, unemployment, and social inequality beset the most affected countries. Ten years onwards, it is imperative to re-examine the debates on free capital mobility in developing countries, the role of international financial institutions, the structural flaws in domestic banking and financial sectors, and the macroeconomic policy framework that was used to respond to the Asian financial crisis. The publication also addresses fundamental issues such as financial liberalization and impacts on regional economic change.
    http://www.wilsoncenter.org/topics/pubs/Asia_TenYearsAfter_rpt.pdf

  127. Toward an East Asian Exchange Rate Regime
    Duck-Koo Chung and Barry Eichengreen, eds.
    Brookings Institution

    East Asian exchange rates have become a global flashpoint. US policymakers blame artificially low Asian currency values for global imbalances, including America's ballooning current account deficit. The solution, they argue, lies in some combination of greater exchange rate flexibility and the appreciation of Asian currencies against the dollar. Asian officials recognize the need to let their exchange rates rise, but they fear that would hamper growth and cut sharply into the value of their dollar reserves.
    Toward an East Asian Exchange Rate Regime offers a timely and comprehensive analysis of the resulting debates, drawing on expertise from China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. The introduction reviews the issues at stake, sketches a variety of proposed exchange rate regimes, and discusses comparisons between East Asia and the West. Subsequent chapters examine the connection between global financial imbalances and East Asian monetary cooperation, China's potential role in regional coordination, the relationship between monetary and trade integration, and different paths toward regional cooperation.
    http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/towardaneastasianexchangerateregime.htm

  128. Trade Policy and the Role of Regional and Bilateral FTAs: The Case of New Zealand and Singapore
    Rahul Sen, ed.
    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

    The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore for a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP) that came into force in January 2001 assumes important significance as it is the first comprehensive bilateral FTA that was signed involving Singapore, and also the first bilateral FTA of an ASEAN member, thus initiating the process of "new regionalism" in Asia. Since ANZSCEP is the only Singapore FTA that has been in force for more than five years now, the time is ripe to study some early effects of the FTAs between Singapore and New Zealand on bilateral economic relations, if any. In this context, the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore hosted a one-day Trade Policy Seminar on May 10, 2007. This book, a collection of three papers presented at that seminar by experts on the subject, provides a deeper understanding about motivations of New Zealand and Singapore to enter into other bilateral FTAs and some of the visible impacts observed since their implementation.
    http://www.selectbooks.com.sg/getTitle.cfm?SBNum=43126

  129. Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific
    Katherine Palmer Kaup, ed.
    Lynne Rienner

    Covering China, Japan, the Koreas, and all ASEAN member states, Understanding Contemporary Asia Pacific provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most complex and rapidly changing regions in the world today. This accessible, up-to-date volume is designed to be used as a core text for introductory courses on Asia and Asian politics and also as a supplement in a variety of discipline-oriented curricula. The authors cover history, politics, economics, and international relations, as well as such topics as the role of the military, population and urbanization, environmental issues, women and development, ethnicity, and religion.
    http://www.rienner.com/title/Understanding_Contemporary_Asia_Pacific

  130. The United States and ASEAN-China Relations: All Quiet on the Southeast Asian Front
    Ian Storey
    Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College

    While the overall security situation in Southeast Asia is something of a mixed bag, with grounds for both optimism and pessimism, one of the most encouraging trends in recent years has been the development of ASEAN's relations with major external powers. Relations between China and ASEAN in particular have demonstrated a marked improvement over the past decade, thanks to a combination of burgeoning economic ties, perceptions of China as a more constructive and responsible player in regional politics, and Beijing's "charm offensive" toward Southeast Asia. Overall, the development of ASEAN-China relations poses few security challenges to the United States today: good relations between China and ASEAN enhance regional stability, and a stable Southeast Asia is clearly in America's interests, especially with Washington focused on events in the Middle East. However, although ASEAN-China relations are very positive, this does not necessarily mean the United States is losing influence in Southeast Asia or that ASEAN members are "bandwagoning" with China-in fact, they are hedging by keeping America engaged and facilitating a continued US military presence. While ASEAN-China relations are relatively benign today, in the future several sources of potential friction could create problems in Sino-US relations: Taiwan, Burma, and the South China Sea dispute. This monograph examines each of these potential flashpoints in turn.
    http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=812

  131. US-Japan-ROK Relations for the 21st Century (Issues & Insights Vol. 7, No. 5)
    Brad Glosserman, ed.
    Pacific Forum CSIS

    The United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea should have a strong trilateral relationship. The three countries are advanced industrial economies whose trade, investment, and commerce are deeply intertwined. They share fundamental values: respect for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. Tokyo and Seoul have been US allies for more than half a century and all three governments share regional security concerns. The societies themselves have become deeply intermingled. US-Japan trade has reached US$207 billion annually, and US-ROK trade is now US$78 billion per year. And yet, tensions between the three countries now seem to prevail over shared interests.
    Are the problems in the various bilateral and trilateral relationships really attributable to the short-term policies of each government? Or are there other, more deep-rooted, structural and long-term factors at work? If so, what can be done to remedy them? This report presents the findings of a meeting conducted by the Pacific Forum CSIS, the Institute for Defense Analysis, the Korea Economic Institute, and the Academy of East Asian Studies, which brought together 46 experts and 20 Pacific Forum Young Leaders to explore in detail US-Japan-ROK relations in the 21st century.
    Available online:
    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/issuesinsights_v07n05.pdf

  132. Water and Energy Futures in an Urbanized Asia: Sustaining the Tiger
    Erik R. Peterson and Rachel Posner, eds.
    Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

    This report addresses the problems of water shortages in Asia, noting that, in spite of Asia's bleak environment picture, there are opportunities for actualizing sustainable development in the region, especially in the fields of technology and governance. The paper also proposes new approaches to environmental governance that can be implemented in China and neighboring developing countries.
    Available online:
    http://www.csis.org/media/csis/pubs/071231_petersonwaterenergy-web.pdf