Focusing on East Asia, this collection explores the paradox of functional regional cooperation in the areas of humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and UN Peacekeeping operations, in a context of increasing regional tensions and threats.
East Asia – comprising the states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – is facing a range of human, traditional, climate and ideational threats. In addressing some of these threats particularly those arising from climate induced disasters this region has been able to develop some ad-hoc cooperative practices that, according to functional logics of regional integration, could lead to longer term sustained coordinated responses and even regional partnerships. Similarly, the region is increasingly contributing to UN peacekeeping operations where these states also cooperate in the context of an UN-led mission. Yet, despite the potential for these interactions to lead to greater regional integration and coordinated action in responding to a range of security threats, these interactions are increasingly taking place in a context of animosity both between regional powers and with extra-regional powers.
This edited collection explores these functional interactions and posits conclusions about the potential for longer term sustained coordinated action. These papers engage with a range of theoretical approaches in explaining the patterns of relations that are present in the region in relation to humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and UN peacekeeping operations.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs.
Table of Contents
1. Cooperation and coordination in a context of animosity? East Asia, peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
Rikard Jalkebro and Catherine Jones
2. Japan, Asian, and Global broader peace operations: functional engagement amid regional estrangement
3. Conceptualising humanitarian civil-military partnerships in the Asia-Pacific: (Re-)ordering cooperation
Alistair D. B. Cook and Sangeetha Yogendran
4. Impact of China’s decision-making processes on international cooperation: cases of peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief
5. ANZUS cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster response in the Asia-Pacific: ships in the night?
6. South East Asian powers and contributions to peacekeeping operations: UN-ASEAN partnering for peace?
Catherine Jones is lecturer at the University of St Andrews, UK. Previously she was the East Asia Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. Her research explores the nexus between security and development in East Asia. Her publications include, China’s Challenge to Liberal Norms and China and North Korea: between Development and Security.
Garren Mulloy, Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Daito Bunka University, Japan, has been researching Japan’s security for over twenty years. His doctoral thesis (2011) focused on Japanese overseas operations, and his book Defenders of Japan: The Post-Imperial Armed Forces 1946-2016, A History will be published in 2021.