The International Politics of the New Asia Pacific

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About the Publication

A key region in contemporary international politics, Asia Pacific is a focus of interest for all the major powers. This easily accessible book explores the regional roles and relationships of those powers in the 1990s and beyond. McDougall first provides the context of various approaches to understanding international relations. Against this background, he considers the roles played in Asia Pacific by the United States, China, Japan, and Russia, illuminating both complex relationships and central issues. There are also chapters on the two Koreas, Indochina, and ASEAN. Although there is an emphasis on security concerns, ample attention is given to economics, domestic politics, and human rights. A concluding chapter highlights the themes that serve as the basis of the book, further enhancing its usefulness for a range of courses. For customers in Southeast Asia, Taiwan, South Korea and the People's Republic of China.

Co-publication: ISEAS / Lynne Rienner

Institute of Southeast Asian Studies / Lynne Rienner


Preliminary pages
1. A New World and Asia Pacific Order
2. The United States
3. China
4. Japan
5. The Soviet Union and Russia
6. The Japanese-U.S. Relationship
7. The Sino-U.S. Relationship
8. The Sino-Japanese Relationship
9. The Sino-Russian Relationship
10. The Japanese-Russian Relationship
11. Korea
12. Indochina
14. Emerging Themes: Strategy, Economics, Domestic Politics
Bibliography, Index, About the Book

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