In a huge and complex region, the challenge of building a comprehensive security architecture is daunting. East Asia has pressing problems on its doorstep — North Korea, territorial disputes, economic imbalances — and longer-term desires to prove itself as a powerful bloc. As the essays in this package show, a plethora of ideas, institutions and initiatives are bent on achieving this. But which are the ones that point to a realistic way forward?
Those who worry that China's spectacular economic growth will lead to a more aggressive role, fail to understand how dominant domestic issues are in China's security calculations.
The rapidly changing security landscape in East Asia in recent years has created growing pressures to re-examine the existing security architecture for the region and seek new ways of meeting future challenges.
Despite the existence of numerous institutional arrangements, Japanese academic Hitoshi Tanaka argues that a new security architecture will require further institution-building and a deepening of dialogue among the region's major players.
Building a multilateral security architecture in Northeast Asia is essential for enhanced peace and stability in the region. South Korea, Japan and China will need to find ways to converge their interests further and deepen co-operation with each other.
If the US were to play a more active role in promoting and building multilateral arrangements in East Asia, it might be surprised by how effective multilateralism could be in tackling even sensitive foreign policy and security issues.
There is little likelihood that any of the regional institutions in East Asia that have proliferated recently will easily evolve into an effective foundation for a new East Asian security architecture. Michael J. Green, a former member of the US National
Can US and European leaders cast aside their moralistic approaches to international relations and become as pragmatic as their Asian counterparts?
The Asia-Pacific region has largely been defined as Pacific Asia. Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, argues that Continental Asia deserves greater attention because of its potential for both conflict and co-operation.
The terrible crisis management displayed recently by Toyota after the debacle of its recalls is symptomatic of a malaise in Japanese corporate culture that even a normally cheerleading media is picking up on. There is something very wrong under the hood o
There has been a fundamental and strategic shift in priorities for Japanese firms, to focusing on core strengths, emphasizing profits, and cornering the market in less visible but high-value 'upstream' technologies - where Japan still tops the world.
Measures taken since the financial crisis of 1997-98 to strengthen the financial system and reshape economic policies helped Asia withstand the latest global crisis much better than the US or Europe.
Legendary IT innovator and venture capitalist John Gage argues the region could benefit by studying the unique culture of Silicon Valley and the innovations it spawned.
US was chiefly seen as an export destination for Asian products, but US policy makers are beginning to see that future job growth will require businesses to begin to see Asia as a vibrant and natural export market for US products.
Barack Obama's presidency raised high hopes that the US would adopt a policy of engaging adversaries such as North Korea and Iran, but more than a year into office, Obama has so far failed to take the only approach that holds a real promise of success.
As Vietnam's economy continues to industrialize, the sensitive issue of land rights threatens the very existence of rural communities and could put farmers on a collision course with the government over their future.
The focus of ASEAN community-building has been on greater economic linkages and trade. However, the vision of ASEAN is at risk if simmering ethno-religious movements are not confronted.
Urban planning consultants look at what the western Chinese megalopolis of Chongqing is attempting to do and what else it must do to pull back from an environmental brink, attract investors and human talent to provide a basis for future development.
Australian journalist Barry Wain's biography turns out to be a remarkably balanced portrait of a political leader who has, in turns, been vilified by his critics and idolized by his supporters, both at home and abroad.
Lee Kuan Yew dubbed his memoirs The Singapore Story, and many Singaporeans perceive their own history to be little more than the Lee story with a bit of Sir Stamford Raffles thrown in for good measure.