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Contested Multilateralism 2.0 and Asian Security Dynamics

1st Edition

Edited by Kai He


192 pages

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In the 1990s there was a wave of multilateralism in the Asia Pacific, which was led primarily by ASEAN. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, however, many non-ASEAN states have attempted to seize the initiative, including the USA, Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia.

Kai He and his contributors debate the reasons for this contested multilateralism and the impacts it will have on the region’s security and political challenges. Will the "Indo-Pacific turn" be a blessing or a curse for regional stability and prosperity? Using a diverse range of theoretical and empirical perspectives, these leading scholars contribute their views on this question and on the diverse strategies of the great and middle powers in the region.

This collection will be of great interest to scholars and students of international relations in the Asia Pacific and of great value to policy makers in the region and beyond.


‘Assembling a team of leading scholars, Kai He and his colleagues have convincingly argued that "contested multilateralism 2.0" is the key to understanding the new security dynamics in Asia. A must read for all students who care about the future of Asia and multilateralism.’ - Shiping Tang, distinguished professor, Fudan University and author of The Social Evolution of International Politics

‘Regional and international institutions in East Asia have been changing their roles, functions and geographical scope along with radical power shifts in East Asian politics. Institutions have become more important tools for national foreign policies and for creating a new regional and international order. Professor He’s new edited book contributes to our understanding of this new phenomenon both theoretically and empirically, by putting together different theoretical perspectives and national policy orientations of the major countries in the region. I recommend this book to both researchers and policy practitioners who are interested in, and deal with, this important region.’ - Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Japan

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

List of Figures

List of Tables


Chapter 1: Contested Multilateralism 2.0 and Regional Order Transition (Kai He)


Chapter 2: Multilateralism and Regional Order in Contested Asia (Nick Bisley)

Chapter 3: Disconnecting from the Region: The Asia-Pacific Minus the US? (T. J. Pempel)

Chapter 4: Minilateral Security’s Relevance to US Strategy in the Indo-Pacific: Challenges and Prospects (William Tow)

Chapter 5: Asia’s Competing Multilateral Initiatives: Quality Versus Quantity (Mark Beeson)


Chapter 6: China and the New Institutional Balancing in the Indo-Pacific: Challenging or Conforming to the International Order? (Jingdon Yuan)

Chapter 7: Japan’s Role Conception in Multilateral Initiatives in the Asia-Pacific (Hidetaka Yoshimatsu)

Chapter 8: South Korea’s Role Conception and Strategies for Multilateralism: A ‘Balance of Role’ Analysis (Jaechun Kim and William Kang)

Chapter 9: MIKTA: A Case Study of Australian Multilateralism (Melissa Conley Tyler)

Chapter 10: ASEAN and Multilateralism 2.0: Locating ASEAN Centrality within the FOIP and the BRI (See Seng Tan)


About the Editor

Kai He is a Professor of International Relations in the Griffith Asia Institute and Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017–2020) and a Visiting Chair Professor of International Relations at Nankai University, China (2018–2021).

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies