ABSTRACT

Peace and Security in Indo-Pacific Asia is for the informed, the interested, and the engaged. Sorpong Peou brings together the skills of the pedagogue with the knowledge of the scholar.

-Dr. David Dewitt, University Professor Emeritus, Senior Scholar, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Peou’s excellent book provides both the lay reader and the specialist with six important theoretical frameworks which should provide the basis for better appreciation of what a security community in Indo-Pacific Asia means in our world today. There are very few scholars who understand the region like Peou.

-Dr. W. Andy Knight, Professor of Political Science, the University of Alberta, Canada.

Sorpong Peou’s extraordinary breadth of knowledge, of both International Relations theory and the key trends in Indo-Pacific Asia, shines through in this authoritative analysis.

-Dr. Richard Stubbs, Professor of Political Science, McMaster University, Canada.

A pedagogical approach of the textbook that is appreciated is how the author respectfully engages with the theories of IR and is not pushing an agenda of denouncing some theories and trying to persuade the reader of others. We live in such polarizing times that it is truly refreshing to read scholarly work that avoids sensationalistic attacks on theories that have been debated for decades. Each theory in this manuscript is explored on its own terms, and the reader is encouraged to figure out where they stand on these enduring debates in the context of Indo-Pacific security. The approach will lead to compelling classroom discussions of the theories and the politics of the region.

This book is a must-read for any student or observer of security trends in the region.

-Dr. Mark Williams, Chair and Professor of Political Studies, Vancouver Island University, B.C., Canada.

part Part I|43 pages

Realist tradition

part Part II|47 pages

Liberal tradition

part Part III|46 pages

Pacifist tradition

part Part IV|46 pages

Culturalist and critical theory traditions

chapter 10|14 pages

Cultural and constructivist perspectives

chapter 11|16 pages

Historical materialist perspectives

chapter 12|14 pages

Post-Marxist and postmodernist perspectives

part Part V|45 pages

Feminist tradition

part Part VI|47 pages

Transnationalist tradition

chapter 16|17 pages

Transnational organized crime

chapter 18|13 pages

Migration, population, and pandemics