The Making of Northeast Asia

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By Kent Calder and Mine Ye

Northeast Asia, where the interests of three major nuclear powers and the world's three 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 in the face of long-standing historical antagonisms and geopolitical tensions, the rapidly growing region is nevertheless emerging as an identifiable economic, political and strategic entity in its own right, and cooperative trilateral mechanisms among Japan, China and Korea are deepening. As the locus of both economic growth and political-military uncertainty in Asia has moved further to the Northeast, the need has arisen for a book focusing analytically on prospects for collaboration within Northeast Asia specifically, rather than generalising solely about Asia and the broader Asia-Pacific regional relationship. This book provides exactly this explicit Northeast Asian focus, while also offering a more general theory for Asian institution building, and policy suggestions for coping with a historic new development in world affairs.

"The Making of Northeast Asia makes an important contribution to the literature on East Asian security, and its arguments will challenge and provoke available institutionalist and constructivist scholarship on Asian regionalism. It is going to be widely read and debated." - Amitav Acharya

Kent Calder is the Director of the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at SAIS, John Hopkins University in Washington, DC. He previously served as Special Advisor to the U.S. Special ambassador to Japan, and as Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; he has taught at SAIS, Princeton, Harvard, and Seoul National Universities.

Min Ye is an assistant professor at Boston University. She has been a visiting scholar at the Reischauer Center at SAIS, Waseda University, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Fairbank Center of Harvard University in 2009-10.


Studies in Asian Security
Publication Year: 2008
340 pages, 229mm x 152mm 
ISBN: 978-9971-69-539-2, Paperback

NUS Press and Stanford University Press