Defining and conceptualizing Northeast Asia’s security complex poses unique quandaries. The security architecture in Northeast Asia to date has been predominately U.S.-dominated bilateral alliances, weak institutional structures and the current Six Party Talks dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue. There has been a distinct lack of desire among regional countries as well as the U.S. to follow in the footsteps of Europe with its robust set of multilateral institutions. However, since the late 1990s, there has been burgeoning interest among regional states towards forming new multilateral institutions as well as reforming and revitalizing existing mechanisms. Much of this effort has been in the economic and political arenas, with the creation of bodies such as the East Asian Summit, but there have also been important initiatives in the security sphere.

This book offers detailed examinations about how this potentially tense region of the world is redefining certain longstanding national interests, and shows how this shift is the result of changing power relations, the desire to protect hard-won economic gains, as well as growing trust in new processes designed to foster regional cooperation over regional conflict.

Presenting new and timely research on topics that are vital to the security future of one of the world’s most important geographical regions, this book will be of great value to students and scholars of Asian politics, regionalism, international politics and security studies.

part Part I|40 pages

The Northeast Asian security complex

chapter 1|19 pages

The Northeast Asian security complex

History, power, and strategic choices
ByChung Min Lee, T.J. Pempel

chapter 2|19 pages

The requirements for security cooperation in Northeast Asia

Theory and reality
ByAjin Choi

part Part II|46 pages

Security challenges, drivers, and issues

part Part III|104 pages

State interests and strategies

chapter 5|17 pages

European experience and lessons

ByHae-Won Jun

chapter 6|18 pages

China's strategic option

Multilateralism and the pursuit of influence
BySukhee Han, Luo Jianbo

chapter 7|22 pages

What is a “liberal” East Asia policy?

Japan and the DPJ government
ByYoko Iwama

chapter 8|21 pages

The Republic of Korea

Toward peace and cooperation
ByHyung Min Kim

chapter 9|24 pages

Leadership and commitment

The United States, its allies, and emerging security institutions in Northeast Asia
ByCarol Atkinson, Giacomo Chiozza

part Part IV|48 pages

Actualizing security cooperation and its future

chapter 10|19 pages

The Northeast Asia cooperation dialogue

An experiment in Track II multilateral diplomacy
BySusan L. Shirk

chapter 11|21 pages

Security architecture in Northeast Asia

Projections from the rearview mirror
ByT.J. Pempel