Geo-Politics in Northeast Asia
Geo-Politics in Northeast Asia focuses on the dynamics of Northeast Asia as a region. The chapters in this book offer a nuanced approach for understanding the geo-politics of this strategically critical area of the world.
Focusing on China, Japan, Russia, and the Koreas, as well as the involvement of the United States, the contributors to the volume offer a timely and critical analysis of Northeast Asia. They collectively emphasize the different scales at which the region holds significance, and particularly note how the region is often granted significance by local political forces as well as national interests. Borderlands and sub-regions are especially important in this perspective, and the contributors show both how regionalism influences the people living in these areas and how they in turn shape the political priorities of states. At the same time, the worsening of relations between Japan and the Koreas and the increasing assertiveness of both China and Russia make it essential to understand the dynamics of the region, as well as how they have changed during and following the Trump era.
Geo-Politics in Northeast Asia is essential reading for students and scholars of Political Geography, International Relations and Strategic Studies, as well as for those with a research focus on Northeast Asia, or the wider Asia-Pacific and Indo-Pacific regions.
1. Debunking the Myth of Northeast Asia Yong-Chool Ha and Akihiro Iwashita Part I: Reconsidering Geo-Political Pathways 2. The Transformation of China in Northeast Asia since 1990: From Regional Power to Global Power Yoshifumi Nakai 3. The Impact of the Donald Trump Presidency on Northeast Asia Yasuhiro Izumikawa 4. Crises for North Korea and its Neighbors Mitsuhiro Mimura Part II: (B)ordering Society and the Region 5. Maritime Challenges to the Northeast Asian Region Yuji Fukuhara 6. Chinese Land Deals and Migration in the Russian Far East: Positionality Changes in the Borderlands Norio Horie 7. Exorcising Phantoms: Developments at Border Islands in Northeast Asia Naoki Amano Part III: A Shared Future? 8. Competing Sovereignty Regimes within Northeast Asia Mihoko Kato 9. Economic Integration in Northeast Asia from the 1990s Shinichiro Tabata 10. In Search of Northeast Asia’s Least Common Denominator: Regional Issues through the Lens of Political Culture David Wolff 11. The Politics of (Mis)Trust in Northeast Asia: Social Inclusion, Empathy and Reconciliation Naomi Chi 12. Conclusion: Reflecting on Regional Community in Northeast Asia Akihiro Iwashita and Edward Boyle