Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific (Hardback)
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Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific (Hardback)

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Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 22/08/2013
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Enduring rivalries recurrently ensnare states in militarized disputes and wars. Are they poised to intensify in the Asia-Pacific, a region characterized by regime and cultural differences, territorial contests, and competing nationalist and regime claims? It is often argued that these conditions and recent power shifts are likely to lead to conflict escalation and contagion, especially in Sino-American relations. Steve Chan's book challenges this common view and argues instead that Asia-Pacific rivalries are likely to be held in abeyance. He suggests that the majority of leaders in the region wish to base their political legitimacy on their economic performance rather than popular mobilization against foreign enemies. Economic interdependence and political multilateralism have restrained and in some cases reversed rivalries. Although Asia-Pacific states will continue to quarrel, Chan argues that their relations are more stable today than at any other time since 1945.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107041431
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 235 x 157 x 18 mm


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'An innovative study about the dynamics of enduring rivalries in the Asia-Pacific. By integrating rich knowledge of the region and rigorous international relations theorizing, Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific convincingly refutes the conventional wisdom about interstate rivalries and militarized conflicts in the Asia-Pacific. It explains why traditional ingredients for wars, such as territorial disputes, military alliance and arms build-up, may not increase the overall odds of large multilateral wars in the region. Chan's book will be very appealing to both IR theorists and experts in Asian studies.' Richard W. Hu, University of Hong Kong
'Steve Chan makes a controversial, but convincing, argument about an abatement trend of rivalries in the Asia-Pacific. This is a rare research exemplar, which creatively integrates rigorous conceptual and theoretical critiques in international relations and rich and comparative local knowledge in geographical area studies. It should be read by both IR scholars and policy analysts who intend to better understand the future of the Asia-Pacific.' Kai He, Utah State University
'Chan's Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific has persuasive argumentation, succeeds in bridging the gap between region specialists and policy analysts, and offers new insights into enduring rivalries. This well-researched book is a welcome addition to the literature on international relations and Asia-Pacific studies, ensuring that this book enjoys a broad readership and inspires further debate and discussion.' Kai Chen, Journal of Chinese Political Science
"Chan's Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific has persuasive argumentation, succeeds in bridging the gap between region specialists and policy analysts, and offers new insights into enduring rivalries. This well-researched book is a welcome addition to the literature on international relations and Asia-Pacific studies, ensuring that this book enjoys a broad readership and inspires further debate and discussion." Kai Chen, Journal of Chinese Political Science

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