Power Transition and International Order in Asia: Issues and Challenges (Hardback) book cover

Power Transition and International Order in Asia

Issues and Challenges

Edited by Peter Shearman

© 2014 – Routledge

248 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
New in Paperback: 9780415858427
pub: 2014-09-22
Hardback: 9780415821636
pub: 2013-08-16
eBook (VitalSource) : 9780203559376
pub: 2013-09-23
from $44.95

FREE Standard Shipping!
Look Inside


This edited volume examines how the transition and diffusion of power in global politics is impacting on stability and order in Asia.

Both in the academic field of International Relations (IR) and among policymakers, the big question today concerns the rise of China, the relative decline of the United States, and the increasing importance of Asia in global politics. The level of impact the international power transition will have in the region remains unclear, but observers agree that Asia is a potential tinderbox for crises and conflict.

This volume brings together leading scholars from around the world to assess current thinking in IR on these issues. The authors apply appropriate theories and methods of analysis in their specific area of expertise to examine the likely effects of the changing global power distribution on Asia. There is also said to be an ongoing diffusion of power away from states to non-state actors in the region; hence, in addition to examining changing relations between the Great Powers, the book will also assess the implications that other actors, from terrorist groups, insurgents and organised crime syndicates, could have on stability and order.

This book will be of much interest to students of Asian politics, security studies, diplomacy and international relations.


"The volume combines an impressive array of case studies that all contribute to the approaching of ‘Asia’ from multiple perspectives. In addition the analytical approaches differ interestingly between case studies – from historical description, to policy analysis, to prediction…Overall this was an excellent read and manages to inform the reader on some of the most contemporary issues facing Asia while providing both the historical backwards view and the forward-facing empirical view. It is highly recommended for both International Relations and Area Studies scholars of Asia."

Ryan Hartley, Tohoku University, East Asia Integration Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction, Peter Shearman 1. The Rise of China, Power Transition, and International Order in Asia: A New Cold War, Peter Shearman 2. Power Shift: Asia, China and the Decline of the West, Michael Cox 3. The EU’s Role in Security and Regional order in East Asia, Yeo Lay Hwee 4. The South China Sea Issue And Its Implications For The Security Of East Asia, Carolina G. Hernandez 5. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Future Balancing Coalition in Asia?, Matthew Sussex 6. Russia’s Policy Towards Pacific Asia, ViacheslavAmirov 7. Japan’s Changing Security Policy and the Dynamic Defence Force Concept, Toshiya Nakamura 8. The Emergent Nuclear Order in South Asia, Sumit Ganguly 9. North Korea: How will it End?, Christoph Bluth 10. Terrorism and Insurgencies in Southeast Asia and Their Implications for Counter-Terrorism and Regional Order, Andrew T. H. Tan 11. International Implications of Organized Crime and Corruption in East and Southeast Asia, Leslie Holmes Conclusion, Peter Shearman

About the Editor

Peter Shearman teaches at Webster University in Bangkok. Previously he was Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is the author, editor or co-editor of six books.

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Asia / Southeast Asia
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security