This comprehensive 2002 book is an overview of security issues in the Asia-Pacific. It is also an argument for a strategy that promises to achieve greater regional stability. It argues that current approaches by policy-makers increase the likelihood of conflict. Instead, it proposes that a strategy of 'convergent security' be adopted to build a more enduring and peaceful regional security framework. A concise survey of key approaches to regional security politics, it presents a vast selection of empirical discussion, both historical and current. Assessing the outlook for the three powers most likely to vie for regional dominance - the United States, China and Japan - the book also reviews the prospects for other secondary powers, including Korea and Taiwan and analyses the role of Australia and the ASEAN nations of Southeast Asia. Unique, accessible, authoritative and broad-ranging survey designed for a wide body of analysts and students of contemporary Asian politics and strategy.
• Comprehensive treatment of East Asian and American strategic policies at a time of historic structural change in international relations • Challenges key assumptions of US and allied policy-makers on Asia-Pacific regional security trends • A major contribution to international security studies by integrating theoretical and policy assumptions with incisive and policy-relevant analysis
1. Introduction; 2. Great power strategy I: China; 3. Great power strategy II: Japan; 4. Other key players I: Korea and Taiwan; 5. Other key players II: ASEAN and Australia; 6. The superpower respondent: the United States; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
'Tow's book is an elegant, well-informed and sophisticated contribution both to debates about the security of the region and to IR theory more broadly. [Tow is] able to communicate [his] insights to the world beyond academia … required reading for any policy-maker who deal with one of the most dynamic and challenging regions of the world.' International Affairs