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Geopolitics and the Western Pacific: China, Japan and the US

Geopolitics and the Western Pacific: China, Japan and the US

1st Edition

Leszek Buszynski
June 11, 2019

This book examines the development of China’s national ambitions under its current leader Xi Jinping and the dilemma they present for the United States and also Japan. It emphasises the importance of geopolitics, that is the way national strategies and policies are shaped and in some cases...

Vietnam and the South China Sea: Politics, Security and Legality

Vietnam and the South China Sea: Politics, Security and Legality

1st Edition

Do Thanh Hai
March 05, 2019

Studies of the escalating tensions and competing claims in the South China Sea overwhelmingly focus on China and its increasingly assertive approach, while the position of the other claimants is overlooked. This book focuses on the attitude of Vietnam towards the South China Sea dispute. ...

South Asia's Nuclear Security

South Asia's Nuclear Security

1st Edition

Bhumitra Chakma
December 22, 2017

South Asia is often viewed as a potential nuclear flashpoint and a probable source of nuclear terrorism. But, how valid are such perceptions? This book seeks to address this question and assesses the region’s nuclear security from two principal standpoints. First, it evaluates the robustness of the...

Japan’s Search for Strategic Security Partnerships

Japan’s Search for Strategic Security Partnerships

1st Edition

Gauri Khandekar, Bart Gaens
December 05, 2017

As tensions between China and Japan increase, including over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan has adopted under Prime Minister Abe a new security posture. This involves, internally, adapting Japan’s constitutional position on defence and, externally, building stronger international...

The New US Strategy towards Asia: Adapting to the American Pivot

The New US Strategy towards Asia: Adapting to the American Pivot

1st Edition

William T Tow, Douglas Stuart
November 28, 2017

Barack Obama’s "rebalancing" or "pivot" strategy, intended to demonstrate continued US commitment to the Asia-Pacific region in a variety of military, economic, and diplomatic contexts, was launched with much fanfare in 2011. Implicit in the new strategy is both a focus on China – engagement with,...

The South China Sea Maritime Dispute: Political, Legal and Regional Perspectives

The South China Sea Maritime Dispute: Political, Legal and Regional Perspectives

1st Edition

Leszek Buszynski, Christopher B. Roberts
December 14, 2016

The South China Sea is a major strategic waterway for trade and oil shipments to Japan, Korea as well as southern China. It has been the focus of a maritime dispute which has continued now for over six decades, with competing claims from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and Brunei....

Defence Planning and Uncertainty: Preparing for the Next Asia-Pacific War

Defence Planning and Uncertainty: Preparing for the Next Asia-Pacific War

1st Edition

Stephan Frühling
August 25, 2016

How can countries decide what kind of military forces they need, if threats are uncertain and history is full of strategic surprises? This is a question that is more pertinent than ever, as countries across the Asia-Pacific are faced with the military and economic rise of China. Uncertainty is...

Political Change, Democratic Transitions and Security in Southeast Asia

Political Change, Democratic Transitions and Security in Southeast Asia

1st Edition

Mely Caballero-Anthony
February 28, 2016

The fragility of democracy in Southeast Asia is a subject of increasing concern. While there has been significant movement in the direction of democratisation, the authoritarian tendencies of popularly elected leaders and the challenges posed by emerging security threats have given rise to a shared...

Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue

Negotiating with North Korea: The Six Party Talks and the Nuclear Issue

1st Edition

Leszek Buszynski
December 09, 2015

North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has provoked much apprehension in the international community in recent years. The Six Party Talks were convened in 2003 to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. They brought together the US, China, Russia, Japan as well as North and South Korea...

India's Ocean: The Story of India's Bid for Regional Leadership

India's Ocean: The Story of India's Bid for Regional Leadership

1st Edition

David Brewster
September 29, 2015

This book assesses India’s role as a major power in the Indian Ocean. Many see the Indian Ocean as naturally falling within India’s sphere of influence but, as this book demonstrates, India has a long way to go before it could achieve regional dominance. The book outlines the development of Indian...

Ten Years After 9/11 - Rethinking the Jihadist Threat

Ten Years After 9/11 - Rethinking the Jihadist Threat

1st Edition

Arabinda Acharya
July 23, 2015

Ten years after the 9/11 attacks this book reassesses the effectiveness of the "War on Terror", considers how al-Qaeda and other jihadist movements are faring, explores the impact of wider developments in the Islamic world such as the Arab Spring, and discusses whether all this suggests that a new...

Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security: Contending Cooperation

Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security: Contending Cooperation

1st Edition

William T. Tow, Brendan Taylor
July 23, 2015

Many scholars of international relations in Asia regard bilateralism and multilateralism as alternative and mutually exclusive approaches to security co-operation. They argue that multilateral associations such as ASEAN will eventually replace the system of bilateral alliances which were the...

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