By Design or Accident: Reflections on Asian Security

By Design or Accident: Reflections on Asian Security
Daljit Singh, author
Date of publication:  2010
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  172
Code:  BM404
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ISBN: 9789814279710
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About the publication

Asia is rising and will wield greater economic and strategic weight in world affairs. However Asia also faces numerous challenges like poverty, domestic instability, deficiencies in governance and the rule of law, inter-state disputes and rivalries, and military build-ups, to name just a few. The celebration of Asia's rise would be premature if it is not accompanied by lasting peace and cooperation between states and justice and prosperity at home. The achievement of this happy state of affairs will require continuation of wise and pragmatic leadership, especially among the major powers. This collection of essays reflects on some of the major political and security issues in the region in recent times, including the balance of power among the major powers, American engagement and policies in Asia, India's rise, the global war on terrorism, the Iraq war, domestic developments in some countries as well as ASEAN's efforts to build regional peace and security.

Contents

  • By Design or Accident: Reflections on Asian Security
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814279727]
  • Preliminary pages
  • PART I: SOUTHEAST ASIA AND REGIONAL SECURITY AFTER THE COLD WAR
  • 1. Sino-Vietnamese Reconciliation: Cause for Celebration?; 2. Asia-Pacific Security Comes under ASEAN's Scrutiny; 3. East Asian Security Means Dialogue and US Will; 4. Where is Myanmar Headed?; 5. What Indonesian Stability Means to the ASEAN Region; 6. Democratic Peace Theory and Asia: The Jury is Still Out; 7. ASEAN's Achievements are Endangered by Continuing Crisis; 8. Surprising, Squabbling, Peaceful ASEAN; 9. Fast SARS Action Shows ASEAN Not Just a Talk Shop
  • PART II: AGE OF TERRORISM, WAR IN IRAQ
  • 10. The Changing Face of International Relations as America Combats Terrorism; 11. There is Method to Howard's Madness; 12. A Not So Happy New Year?; 13. Singapores Stand on Iraq: Clear and Forthright; 14. Sept 11: Two Years On, Southeast Asia Breaks Terrorism's Deadly Lock; 15. US Bungling Makes Iraq a Problem for the World; 16. Iraq is Not Like Vietnam - For Now; 17. Losers and Winners in the Iraq War; 18. Is Bangladesh Waking Up to Danger of Islamic Militancy?; 19. Pakistan Faces a Gathering Storm; 20. Southeast Asia Succeeds in Keeping Terrorism at Bay
  • PART III: THE BIG BOYS OF ASIAN GEOPOLITICS
  • 21. China Needs to Act Like a Good Neighbour; 22. On Balance, America is Benign; 23. Resoluteness Alone Will Not Solve Bush's Security Woes; 24. India Has a Key Role in Asia's Power Balance; 25. China, Japan Must Meet and Talk More; 26. India's Ascent: Rocky Path Ahead; 27. America's Security Strategy and the "Long War" on Terror; 28. A Weaker America Could Allow the Quiet Rise of China; 29. ASEAN as a Geopolitical Player; 30. China: A Powerhouse in Search of Grace; 31. Security Treaty Signals Closer Canberra-Jakarta Ties; 32. The Wagah Border: From Division to Bridge; 33. Fix the Gaping Holes in India's Security; 34. Chiang Kai-shek's Legacy Lives On in China; 35. Asia-Pacific Security: The Danger of Being Complacent
  • PART IV: REMEMBERANCES OF CONFLICTS PAST
  • 36. Turning Point in the Vietnam War; 37. The Malayan Emergency: Of Plots, Plotters and Protagonists
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index
  • About the Author

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