Regional Integration in East Asia: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives

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  • Satoshi Amako, Shunji Matsuoka and Kenji Horiuchi

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    ISBN-13: 9789280812220
    United Nations University Press
    March 2013

    Asian regional integration has shown remarkable progress since the end of the 1990s, but is currently at a major crossroads amid confusion of debate over the direction and effectiveness of integration, and friction brought about by the “rise of China”. Meanwhile, the changing balance of power among nations, the rise of non-state actors, the “internationalization of internal problems” and the “internalization of international problems”, are rendering the cross-national structure of Asia increasingly complex and multilayered. Signs of instability of the global economy are growing and environmental and resource challenges are deepening. The Asian region needs new approaches to understanding the state of regional integration and mechanisms to address the challenges.

    Regional Integration in East Asia: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives is the culmination of five years of intensive research on Asian regional integration by Waseda University. It re-examines theoretical approaches to comprehending the actual state of integration in the region and presents the most compelling among them. It also examines the state of regional cooperation in Asia in areas ranging from the economy to energy and the environment, security and education. In addition, the book offers long-term historical perspectives, including especially those of Japan, ASEAN and China, on Asian regional integration. Thus, it sheds light on diverse aspects, levels of analysis and time spans, and offers a comprehensive portrayal of the actual condition of Asia and the state of endeavours to build regional cooperation and institutions. This volume will open a new research frontier in Asian regional integration research.

    About the editors

    Satoshi Amako is Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan. Shunji Matsuoka is Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Japan. Kenji Horiuchi is a Research Fellow at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Japan.

    Table of contents:

    Part I: Theoretical perspectives on Asian regional integration
    Asia and regional integration theory: Between a regional complex and a regional society,
    Yoshinobu Yamamoto
    Norms and regional institutions: Towards an East Asian community, Hiro Katsumata
    East Asian integration and domestic politics, Jemma Kim
    Institutional approaches to Asian regional integration, Shunji Matsuoka
    The GIARI model of Asian regional integration studies and its meaning, Satoshi Amako

    Part II: Issues in Asian regional integration
    Globalization and regional economic integration in East Asia, Shujiro Urata
    Energy and environmental institutions in East Asia, Kenji Horiuchi, Reishi Matsumoto and
    Katsuya Tanaka
    The rise and fall of the debate over East Asian multilateral regional security cooperation, Chikako Kawakatsu Ueki
    Regional integration and cooperation in higher education in Asia, Kazuo Kuroda

    Part III: Historicizing Asian regional integration
    Between civilization and anti-civilization: The ideology and activism of early Asianists, Naoyuki Umemori
    Japan and pan-Asianism: Lost opportunities, Seiko Mimaki
    Southeast Asia in the post-war period: The origins and crossroads of Bandung, non-alignment and ASEAN, Sachiko Hirakawa
    From Asia-Africa and Asia-Pacific to Asia: China’s multilateral cooperation in Asia, Rumi Aoyama

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  • “This is an excellent book on regional integration in East Asia. Well-known experts have given a better understanding of this complex and evolving process through multiple perspectives and disciplines on the history, theory and practice of regional integration. I strongly recommend this book to scholars, students and policymakers interested in East Asian affairs.”

    Surin Pitsuwan , Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    “Here is a powerful collection of scholarly work on Asia from a program that brought the best and the brightest in Japan and from around the region to think about the future of Asia’s integration and its global setting. It is a triumph in scholarly leadership. Its message is at once sober and optimistic about the Asian community.”

    Peter Drysdale , Emeritus Professor, The Australian National University