The world has undergone significant change since the end of the Cold War. One such development is that the Asia-Pacific has become increasingly prominent in international affairs. This comprehensive study provides a detailed understanding of key issues, actors and future trends in the region.
Part 1 Post-Cold War trends in the Asia-Pacific: trends in East Asian international relations - Robert A. Scalapino; the United States and East Asia in the unipolar era - Michael J. Green; Part 2 Strategic and security dynamics: the shift in power distribution and the change of major power relations - Quansheng Zhao; the second nuclear age - proliferation pessimism versus sober optimism in South Asia and South East Asia - Victor D. Cha. Political and diplomatic dynamics: how size matters - the United States, China and asymmetry - Brantly Womack; Taiwan in Japan's foreign relations - informal politics and virtual diplomacy - Philip Deans; economic and environmental dynamics; a regional economic order in East and Southeast Asia? - Danny Unger; environmental security in East Asia - a critical view - M. Shamsul Haque; Part 4 Conclusion: future trends in East Asian international relations: Asian-Pacific international relations in the 21st century - Quansheng Zhao.