The aim of this book is to explore the implications stemming from the recent upgrading of Australia-Japan-US security interactions and the implications for Asia-Pacific regional security that these represent. While a fully functioning trilateral security alliance binding Australia, Japan and the United States is unlikely to materialise or supplant existing bilateral arrangements, the convergence of the strategic interests of these three states makes it imperative that the full-range of such interests and the policy ramifications flowing from them warrants extensive investigation. The need to do so is particularly compelling given that the ‘Trilateral Security Dialogue’ is one of several contending recent approaches to reshaping Asia-Pacific regional security architectures and mechanisms for confronting new strategic challenges in a post-Cold War and post-9/11 environment.
Key issues to be considered in this volume include the theoretical and empirical context of ‘trilateralism’; the evolving history of the Australia-Japan-United States trilateral security relationship; its connection to and impact on the U.S. bilateral alliance network in Asia; how domestic politics in each country relates to regional security politics; Sino-Australian and Sino-Japanese bilateral security ties; arms control, maritime security and the ‘economic security nexus’.
This book will be of much interest to all students of Asia-Pacific Security, US foreign policy, Asian politics and International Relations in general
Introduction Section 1: Evolution of ‘The Triangle’ 1. Theoretical Overview 2. Historical Overview 3. Enriched Bilateralism? 4. Institutional Assessments Section 2: The Regional Dimension 5. Triangularity and Sino-Japanese Relations 6. Triangularity and U.S.-Japanese Relations 7. Triangularity, Australia and the Region 8. Triangularity and U.S. Regional Strategy 9. Fragile States in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, and the Australian-Japanese Response 10. Triangularity and Regional Multilateralism 11. Trilateralism, Economics and Security 12. The Power of Three 13. Regional Maritime and Energy Security Section 3: Extra-Regional and Global Dimensions 14. Trilateralism and International Terrorism 15. Australia and Japan in Southern Iraq: A Case Study of National Security Decision-Making 16. The Triangle, Ballistic Missile Defense and International Arms Control. Conclusion
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