The East Asian Peace Conflict Prevention and Informal Peacebuilding

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-07-17
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The East Asian peace is a mystery of the modern age. To many theorists and analysts alike, the post-Cold War calm has been seen as a temporary anomaly, potential military conflicts dominating predictions for the future. Despite this, two decades have passed in which a relative peace has been sustained and it is time to question existing forecasts. Comparing the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea and the Korean Nuclear conflict, the author explores the informal processes that can help explain the persistence of peace, leading to hope for a future era of stability.

Author Biography

Mikael Weissmann is Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also a Research Associate at the East Asian Peace program at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Warwick, UK, as well as Peking, Renmin, and China Foreign Affairs University, China. He has done extensive fieldwork in East Asia and has published on conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the East Asian region.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: The Paradox of the East Asian Peacep. 1
The research frontierp. 5
The empirical paradoxp. 7
A relative peacep. 9
Studying the East Asian peacep. 12
Method and materialp. 15
The research case: East Asiap. 17
Organisation of the bookp. 19
Theoretical and Conceptual Framework
Review of the Field and Theoretical Frameworkp. 23
International relations theory and East Asiap. 23
Theoretical frameworkp. 37
Conclusionp. 49
Case Studies
Mainland China-Taiwan Relations and the Taiwan Issuep. 53
Historical context of PRC-ROC relationsp. 54
Elite interactionsp. 59
Economic integration and interdependencep. 74
Functional cooperationp. 78
The US factorp. 80
Conclusionsp. 84
The South China Sea and Sino-ASEAN Relationsp. 87
Historical contextp. 89
Elite interactionsp. 95
Regionalisationp. 104
The US factorp. 111
Conclusionp. 112
The Korean Nuclear Conflictp. 115
Historical context of the Korean nuclear conflictp. 117
Personal networks and back-channel negotiationsp. 123
Economic integration and interdependencep. 128
The US factorp. 131
The six-party talksp. 133
Engaging the North Koreans: Elite interactions as peacebuildingp. 136
Conclusionp. 141
Conclusion: Understanding the East Asian Peacep. 147
Processes behind the relative peacep. 148
How the processes are linked and how they influence each otherp. 162
Understanding the dual process of conflict prevention and peacebuildingp. 163
A schematic model of the East Asian peacep. 166
Explaining the East Asian peace: A constructivist readingp. 167
Searching for peace beyond East Asiap. 170
Notesp. 174
Bibliographyp. 186
Indexp. 209
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