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  • March 2010
    Vol.5 No.1
    Security in East Asia:
    The Pieces of a New Architecture
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    Security in East Asia: The Pieces of a New Architecture

    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?

    • Wang Yizhou
      China's Path: Growing and Learning

      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.

    • G. John Ikenberry
      A New East Asian Security Architecture: A Note From Our Guest Editor

      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.

    • Hitoshi Tanaka
      Asia Uniting: Many Tiers, One Goal

      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.

    • Hyun Cho
      Complex Legacies: Bridge-Building in Northeast Asia

      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.

    • Susan Shirk
      American Hopes: An Agenda for Co-operation That Serves US Interests

      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.

    • Michael J. Green
      American Aims: Realism Still Prevails Over Community Idealism

      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

    • Kishore Mahbubani
      Results Matter: Pragmatism Prevails in Asia

      Can US and European leaders cast aside their moralistic approaches to international relations and become as pragmatic as their Asian counterparts?

    • Dmitri Trenin
      On the Other Side: The View From Continental Asia

      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 Debate
    Are Japanese Multinationals Losing Their Competitive Edge?
    • Jeff Kingston
      Toyota's Fall from Grace, Japan's Moment of Truth

      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

    • Ulrike Schaede
      Choose and Focus: Japan's New Strengths

      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.

  • Features
  • Book Reviews
    • David Plott
      Means and Ends: Mahathir Mohamad's Mixed Legacy

      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.

    • Ben Bland
      Life Before Lee: When Singapore Had a History

      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.

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