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 U.S. 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.
Gi-Wook Shin is the director of Shorenstein APARC, the founding director of the Korean Studies Program, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and associate professor of sociology, all at Stanford University, USA. Shin is also coeditor of the Journal of Korean Studies and the author/editor of many books and articles. Daniel C. Sneider is the associate director for research at Shorenstein APARC, USA. He was a 2005-06 Pantech Fellow at the Center, and is the former foreign affairs columnist of the San Jose Mercury News, USA. He has appeared as a foreign affairs commentator on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and on National Public Radio.