9781137304391

Asian and Pacific Regional Cooperation Turning Zones of Conflict into Arenas of Peace

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    9781137304391

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    1137304391

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-20
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Asia and the Pacific have been transformed from a bloody zone of conflict to an unparalled arena of peace over the past 50 years. The reason, as explained in this book, is that leaders of Asian and Pacific countries undertook concerted and creative diplomatic efforts to find ways to cooperate informally through international institutions. To explain how the transformation occurred, the book examines the cultural-historical-theoretical context, more than 100 institutions of regional cooperation, the disposition of almost 100 subregional conflicts, and diplomatic underpinnings at subregional and regional levels. The book also provides the first quantitative test of competing theories of regional integration by Karl Deutsch, Ernst Haas, and other prominent scholars in order to discover the empirical underpinnings of the extraordinary success story of regional cooperation in Asia and the Pacific.

Author Biography

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Michael Haas is a graduate of Stanford and Yale. He is the author of more than 40 pathbreaking publications, most recently Barack Obama, The Aloha Zen President (2011), George W. Bush, War Criminal? (2009), the widely accepted textbook International Human Rights: A Comprehensive Introductio n (2008), Looking for the Aloha Spirit (2010), Modern Cambodia's Emergence from the Killing Fields (2011), and the second edition of Korean Reunification (2012). After teaching many years at the University of Hawai`i, with visiting appointments at Northwestern University, Purdue University, the University of California (Riverside), the University of London, and several California State University campuses, he relocated to California, where he is President of the Political Film Society and on the faculty at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Table of Contents

PART I: THEORIES
Theories of Regionalism

The Asian Way and the Pacific Way
PART II: DYNAMICS
Waves of Asian Regional Cooperation
Waves of Pacific Regional Cooperation
Pivotal Roles in Regional Cooperation
PART III: EFFECTIVENESS
Creating Arenas of Peace
Successful Security Communities

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