Asia-Pacific Geopolitics


Asia-Pacific Geopolitics

Hegemony vs Human Security

9781847200983 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Joseph A. Camilleri, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, Larry Marshall, Associate Lecturer and Project Officer for Australian Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Michális S. Michael, Director, Centre for Dialogue-Global Reconciliation, Australia and Michael T. Seigel, Institute for Social Ethics, Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan
Publication Date: August 2007 ISBN: 978 1 84720 098 3 Extent: 264 pp
This book is a probing reassessment of security prospects for the Asia-Pacific region centred on an analysis of three key notions: hegemonic power, human security and multilateralism.

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This book is a probing reassessment of security prospects for the Asia-Pacific region centred on an analysis of three key notions: hegemonic power, human security and multilateralism.

The post-September 11 world is steadily moving towards multipolarity as the hegemon’s authority declines. The UN is at a pivotal moment in its history and middle powers like Japan and Australia will no doubt help to shape its future. Furthermore, China’s star is rising and the region has to contend with all the ramifications of this complex reality.

The book defines human security as a concept that offers the international community a broader philosophical and political purpose and gives substance to the emerging regional and global multilateralism. It poses perhaps the two most intriguing and critical questions of the moment: can civil society and epistemic communities, operating across cultural and civil boundaries, play a more influential role in defining the goals and processes of regional cooperation in Asia Pacific? and can states, multilateral organisations and civil society develop a more effective partnership in pursuit of these goals?

This book brings together distinguished scholars and experts on public policy, social ethics, defence, human security and sustainability to consider the future of the Asia-Pacific region and appropriate responses by both states and civil society. It will appeal to scholars and researchers of international relations, politics and Asian studies as well as policymakers in the region.
Critical Acclaim
‘Geopolitical contestation in the Asia-Pacific will be one of the defining features of the wider international order in the twenty-first century. This well-conceived volume brings together a team of leading scholars from around the region to help us understand why and what it may mean. It could hardly be more timely or useful.’
– Mark Beeson, University of York, UK

‘. . . a very timely and valuable set of essays by expert contributors
dealing with some of the most crucial issues of our time. The essays are bound to stimulate more informed debate on the complex dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region and the challenges and dilemmas of the first decade of the twenty-first century.’
– Stephanie Lawson, University of East Anglia, UK

‘Are Japan and Australia part of Asia? Can middle powers and/or the United Nations play a constructive role independent of the dominance of a hegemonic power? The authors of this stimulating collection on the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific astutely weigh the possibilities for the emergence of an Asian community as an alternative to dependence by middle powers and the UN on the United States in a period of hegemonic decline in the wake of 9/11.’
– Mark Selden, Cornell University, US
Contributors: N. Bisley, J.A. Camilleri, S. Fukai, M. Hamel-Green, L. Marshall, M.S. Michael, C. Muzaffar, M.K. Pasha, A. Patience, Y. Sakamoto, M.T. Seigel, T. Yamada, J. Yamaguchi


1. Hegemony and Human Security: Competing Principles of Regional Order
Michális S. Michael and Larry Marshall

2. Hegemony, Perilous Empire and Human Security
Mustapha Kamal Pasha

3. Still Anchoring an American Asia Pacific?
Nick Bisley

4. Containing China: A Flawed Agenda
Chandra Muzaffar

5. Questioning the Rationale for Changing Japan’s Peace Constitution
Michael T. Seigel

6. Can Japan Create a Basis for its Internationality?
Jiro Yamaguchi

7. Beyond the Japanese Constitutional Dilemmas
Yoshikazu Sakamoto

8. Japan, Australia and the UN Disarmament Agenda
Michael Hamel-Green

9. Japan, Australian and Niche Diplomacy in the South Pacific
Allan Patience

10. The Role of the United Nations in the Twenty-first Century
Tetsuya Yamada

11. Foreign Policy in Search of a Sustainable World
Shigeko Fukai

12. Between Alliance and Regional Engagement: Current Realities and Future Possibilities
Joseph A. Camilleri

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