Asia is experiencing major changes in its security relations. This book brings together respected experts to assess both the theoretical and empirical dimensions of the Asian security debate. Building on the latest research on Asia's regional security politics, it focuses on the 'regional-global nexus' as a way to understand the dynamics of Asian security politics and its intersection with global security. Contributors to the volume offer diverse but complementary perspectives on which issues and factors are most important in explaining how security politics in Asia can be interpreted at both the regional and global levels of analysis. Issues addressed include power balancing and alliances, governance and democracy, maritime and energy security, the relationship between economics and security, 'human security', terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and pandemics. This work will serve as a standard reference on the evolution of key issues in Asian security.
William T. Tow is a Professor of International Security in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University and a Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Policing and Security (CEPS). He has served on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT's) Foreign Affairs Council and the Australian-American Fulbright Commission's Board of Directors.
Preface; 1. Setting the context William T. Tow; Part I: 2. Grappling with an elusive concept Brian L. Job; 3. Asia-Pacific institutions Michael Wesley; 4. The United States: regional strategies and global commitments Michael Mastanduno; 5. A rising China and American perturbations Hugh White and Brendan Taylor; Part II: 6. Hegemony, hierarchy and order Evelyn Goh; 7. Democracy and security in East Asia William Case; 8. Security community-building in Asia-Pacific Sorpong Peou; 9. Human security and global governance Akiko Fukushima and William T. Tow; 10. The economics-security nexus in the Asia-Pacific region John Ravenhill; Part III: 11. Problematising 'linkages' between Southeast Asian and international terrorism Greg Fealy and Carlyle A. Thayer; 12. Nuclear weapons: Asian case studies and global ramifications Marianne Hanson and Rajesh Rajagopalan; 13. Maritime security: regional concerns and global implications Sam Bateman; 14. Thinking globally and acting regionally: securitising energy and environment Aynsley Kellow; 15. Regional health and global security: the Asian cradle of pandemic influenza Christian Enemark; Part IV: 16. The new transregional security politics of the Asia-Pacific Amitav Acharya.