This book comprises key essays on comparative regionalism and, more broadly, on regional conflict and cooperation by Professor Etel Solingen.

The study of regionalism, a subject pioneered by Solingen in the 1990s, is now an established field of inquiry, with a large community of scholars and practitioners around the world. This book provides a window into an evolving conceptual framework for comparing regional arrangements, with a special emphasis on non-European regions. Framed by a comprehensive, previously unpublished introduction, the chapters provide a broad spectrum of analysis on domestic political economy, democracy, regional institutions, and global forces as they shape different regional outcomes and trajectories in economics and security. Themes as different as the regional effects of democratization in the Middle East and East Asia, the rise of China, Euro-Mediterranean relations, and regional nuclear trajectories are traced back to a common analytical core. The nature of domestic ruling coalitions serves as the pivotal analytical anchor explaining the effects of globalization and economic reform on different regional arrangements.

This collection provides a focal point that brings this work together in a new light and will be of much interest to students of regionalism, international relations theory, international and comparative political economy, international history and grand strategy.

chapter 1|32 pages

Introduction and Overview

part I|84 pages

Globalization, economic reform, and regional relations

chapter 4|26 pages

Mapping Internationalization

Domestic and regional impacts

part 2|54 pages

Regional effects of democratic institutions

chapter 5|33 pages

Pax Asiatica Versus Bella Levantina

The foundations of war and peace in East Asia and the Middle East

chapter 6|10 pages

Democratization in the Middle East

Quandaries of the peace process (1996)

chapter 7|9 pages

Economic and Political Liberalization in China

Implications for US–China relations

part 3|42 pages

Regional institutions

chapter 8|32 pages

The Genesis, Design and Effects of Regional Institutions

Lessons from East Asia and the Middle East

chapter 9|8 pages

The Triple Logic of the European–Mediterranean Partnership

Hindsight and foresight

part 4|49 pages

Regional security trajectories

chapter 10|47 pages

Nuclear Logics

Contrasting Paths in East Asia and the Middle East