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Description - Regional Security Structures in Asia by Professor Department of Political Science Ashok Kapur

This book argues that explanations of international relations in Asia in the post-Second World War period have relied too much on the Cold War as a key explanatory factor, and have not given enough emphasis to the useful concepts of 'regional power formation', 'conflict formation' and 'conflict resolution'. The author outlines these concepts and goes on to elaborate on them, and to apply them to three key Asian regions - northeast, southeast, and south Asia - discussing practical strategic issues in a historical perspective and arguing that these concepts, and other concepts which he discusses, are extremely helpful in making sense of the complex pattern of international relations in Asia. He discusses the work of a wide range of scholars, considers factors including economic interdependence, competitive nationalism and sub-nationalism, national states and the impact of their domestic agendas, and links to global superpowers, and explores a wide variety of concepts, including, besides those mentioned above, 'balance of power', 'bi-polarity' and 'multi-polarity', and 'global hegemony' and 'regional hegemony', to establish a coherent system of international relations which explains developments in Asia.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780700716166
ISBN-10: 0700716165
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 210
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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