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The Making of Northeast Asia,9780804769211

The Making of Northeast Asia

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 8/16/2010
Publisher(s): INGRAM
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Northeast Asia, where the interests of three major nuclear powers and the world's two largest economies converge around the unstable pivot of the Korean peninsula, is a region rife with political-economic paradox. It ranks today among the most dangerous areas on earth, plagued by security problems of global importance, including nuclear and missile proliferation. Yet, despite its insecurity, the region has continued to be the most rapidly growing on earth for over five decades--and it is emerging as an identifiable economic, political, and strategic region in its own right. As the locus of both economic growth and political-military uncertainty in Asia has moved further to the Northeast, a need has developed for a book that focuses analytically on prospects for Northeast Asian cooperation within the context of both Asia and the Asia-Pacific regional relationship. This book does exactly that, while also offering a more general theory for Asian institution building.

Author Biography

Kent Calder is the Edwin O. Reischauer Professor, the Director of the Japan Studies Program, and the Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He previously was the special adviser to the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Min Ye is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University. She specializes in China Politics, Comparative Political Economy, and Asian International Relations.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiv
A Note on Conventionsp. xvii
Flashbackp. xviii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Introduction and Theory
Northeast Asia in Global Perspectivep. 3
Why Not a Broader Asian Calculus?p. 5
Why Not Just China?p. 7
Northeast Asian Fusionp. 8
Rising Interdependence in Northeast Asia Puts Pressure on the "Organization Gap,"p. 13
The Waning of Constraints in History and Geopoliticsp. 16
Deepening Trilateral Policy Dialoguep. 19
Prevailing Academic Pessimism about Northeast Asian Regionalismp. 22
An Alternative Viewp. 23
Our Contributionp. 25
Theories of Asian Institutional Development: Changing Context and Critical Juncturesp. 27
The Explanatory Gap in Current Literaturep. 28
Regionalism in Comparative Perspectivep. 32
Cross-Regional Commonalitiesp. 35
The Critical-Juncture Frameworkp. 38
The Critical-Juncture Framework: Theoretical Backgroundp. 39
Critical Junctures and Regional Institution-Buildingp. 42
Critical Juncture: The Model Specifiedp. 45
Why Critical Junctures Matter in Northeast Asiap. 49
Critical Junctures and Regional Evolution: An Agenda for Researchp. 51
Historical Context: Critical Junctures
The Organization Gap in Historical Perspective: War in Korea and the First Critical Juncturep. 57
Before the Korean Conflict: Still Fluid Patterns in Regional Relationsp. 60
War in Korea: The Emergence of Critical Juncturep. 63
Added Complications in Japanp. 66
The Urgency and Complexity of Juncture Decisionp. 67
Toward the "San Francisco System,"p. 69
The Korean War, Cross-Straits Confrontation, and the PRC's Economic Isolationp. 71
Why the "Second-Best" Has Proven So Enduringp. 73
In Conclusionp. 78
Overcoming the Organization Gap: Crises and Critical Junctures (1994-2008)p. 80
Pre-Crisis Regionalism in Asiap. 82
Edging Closer to Crisisp. 85
Reaping the Whirlwind: The Coming of Critical Juncturep. 88
The Road to Chiang Maip. 94
The 2008 Financial Crisis as Critical Juncturep. 95
Regional Development
Visions of a More Cohesive Regional Futurep. 105
Optimistic Japan-Centric Originsp. 106
The Tortured Transwar Interludep. 108
Chinese Ambivalencep. 108
From EAEC to AFC: Visions of Asia in the Early Post-Cold War Erap. 110
Re-envisioning Northeast Asia after 1997p. 111
Contending Asianist Visionsp. 118
Japan's "Aimaisa": An Ambivalence in Clearly Bridging East and Westp. 119
China's Dilemma: How to Exert Rising Powerp. 120
South Korea's Choice: Power Balancer or Institutional Broker in Northeast Asia?p. 124
Other Regional Actorsp. 125
In Conclusionp. 126
A Deepening Web of Regional Connectednessp. 129
Deepening Trade Relations: A Key Basis for Networksp. 130
Deepening Intrasectoral Linkagesp. 134
Emerging Production Networks in Northeast Asiap. 135
How Northeast Asian Production Networks Operatep. 137
The Geographical Dimension: Production Clustersp. 140
A Deepening Taiwanese Rolep. 142
Japanese and Korean Production Networks in Greater Chinap. 143
Policy Networksp. 144
Emerging Institutional Manifestationsp. 146
Track II Innovations: The Boao and Jeju Forumsp. 149
Transnational Epistemic Communities: Bringing Regionalist Dreams to Earthp. 151
Military Exchanges and Dialogue: Transcending a Complex Historyp. 153
Emerging Subnational Networks in Northeast Asia: Quiet Transnational Integrationp. 155
In Conclusionp. 157
National Transformation
The Transformation of China's Regional Policiesp. 163
Wei Ji ["Crisis"] and the Transformation of China's Regional Policiesp. 164
The Dual Drivers of China's Regionalist Formationp. 168
In Conclusionp. 181
Catalysts: Korea and ASEAN in the Making of Northeast Asiap. 184
The Rise and Fall of ASEAN as Early Catalystp. 186
Korea's Natural Catalytical Rolep. 186
How Far Korea Has Come: A Historical Perspectivep. 188
Toward the Making of Northeast Asia: Deepening Korean Domestic Incentivesp. 190
Korea as Catalyst: Why the Policy Shift?p. 193
Five Driving Forcesp. 196
In Conclusionp. 157
Japan's Dilemma and the Making of Northeast Asiap. 204
Japan's Tangled Continental Tiesp. 205
Fukuzawa's Dilemma Revisitedp. 208
A Mixed History: Japan and Region-Buildingp. 210
Regionalism and the Emerging Profile of Japanese Domestic Political Interestsp. 212
Bureaucracy and Regionalismp. 215
Country-Specific Interestsp. 217
The Key Role of Japanese Businessp. 220
Opponents of Closer Regional Tiesp. 221
In Conclusionp. 222
The United States and Northeast Asian Regionalismp. 225
Northeast Asia's Importance to the United Statesp. 226
America's Early Absence from Northeast Asiap. 229
Key Traits of the Classic San Francisco Systemp. 231
America's Changing Geopolitical Stakesp. 232
America's Own Transformationp. 236
Deepening Corporate Stakes in Stable Trans-Pacific Relationsp. 241
The Overall Profile of American Interests and Northeast Asia's Futurep. 243
In Conclusionp. 245
In Conclusion
Summing Upp. 251
Northeast Asia's Quiet Yet Fateful Transformationp. 252
The Political Dimensionp. 256
What is New in this Analysisp. 258
Implications for the Broader Worldp. 265
Notesp. 273
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 325
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