Korea and East Asia

The Stony Road to Collective Security

Will the twenty-first century be the Asian century? Will the People’s Republic of China overtake the United States as the leading global superpower? Will an armed conflict break out on the Korean peninsula, and can it be contained? While opinions differ strongly, there seems to be a certain consensus that the East Asian region, roughly defined as Northeast Asia (China, the two Koreas, Japan and the Russian Far East) plus Southeast Asia (ASEAN), will be ever more globally significant in the years to come. This book critically addresses the potential of the liberal concept of collective security to provide a solution, with a focus on the Korean peninsula.

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Rüdiger Frank is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna. His major research fields are socialist transformation in East Asia and Europe (with a focus on North Korea), state-business relations in East Asia, and regional integration in East Asia. His most recent books are: (with S. Burghart, eds., 2010) Driving Forces of Socialist Transformation: North Korea and the Experience of Europe and East Asia; (ed., 2011) Exploring North Korean Arts; and (with J. Hoare, P. Köllner and S. Pares, eds., 2011) Korea 2011: Politics, Economy, and Society.

John Swenson-Wright is the Fuji Bank University Senior Lecturer in Modern Japanese Studies and a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. His early research focused on early Cold War US-Japan foreign and security relations and was published as Unequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy Towards Japan, 1945-1960 (2005). In addition, he is the editor of The Best Course Available. A Personal Account of the Secret US-Japan Okinawa Reversion Negotiations (2002). His current interest focuses on contemporary political and security interests in Northeast Asia, with particular reference to Japan and the Korean peninsula. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House.
"...the book is a valuable resource for scholars and policy makers assessing President Park Geun-hye’s Trustpolitik and her proposal for a Northeast Asian Peace and Cooperation Initiative."
-Ian E. Rinehart, Congressional Research Service
List of Contributors
Introduction: Security Issues for Northeast Asia
Rudiger Frank
Collective Security: The OSCE and the European Experience
Colin Munro
Collective Security, a European Experience: The Italian Approach Based on Engagement with the DPRK
Roberta Ballabio
Security Spirals and Threat Perceptions: China and (Non-)Collective Security
Nele Noesselt
Commentary on Papers by Colin Munro, Roberta Ballabio and Nele Noesselt
Rosemary Foot
The Role of the United States in the International Relations of East Asia: Still a Leader?
David C. Kang and Leif-Eric Easley
The Role of Japan in the International Relations of East Asia
John Swenson-Wright
Russia and Asian Integration Models: The SCO Experience and Ideas for Northeast Asia
Georgy Toloraya
Strategic Choices and Political Paralysis in the Korean Crisis: Commentary on Papers by David C. Kang/Leif-Eric Easley, John Swenson-Wright and Georgy Toloraya
Hazel Smith
South Korea’s Foreign Policy and East Asia
Chaesung Chun
North Korea’s Place in East Asian International Relations
Haksoon Paik
The Six Party Talks and Implications for Peninsular
and Regional Peace and Security
Chung-in Moon
Commentary on Papers by Chung-in Moon, Chaesung Chun and Haksoon Paik
James Hoare
ASEM and Europe-Asia Relations
Sung-Hoon Park
East Asian Regional Models of Collective Security: The East Asian Community
Scott Snyder
Commentary on Papers by Sung-Hoon Park and Scott Snyder
Julie Gilson
All interested in security and international relations in East Asia, with a focus on Korea and on the concept of collective security.