Regional Co-operation and Its Enemies in Northeast Asia: The Impact of Domestic Forces, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Regional Co-operation and Its Enemies in Northeast Asia

The Impact of Domestic Forces, 1st Edition

Edited by Edward Friedman, Sung Chull Kim


240 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Examining the prospects for building a regional community in Northeast Asia, this book considers the foreign policies of the individual states as well as the impact of domestic politics on the regionalist agenda. It outlines the emerging Northeast Asian community and the domestic requisites for its evolution and realization, and puts it in context by comparing the emerging community with Southeast Asia.

The book investigates the attitudes of the key powers, including China, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Russia and the US, towards the ideal of greater regional cooperation, with particular emphasis on the implications of domestic factors in each country for regional dynamics. It explores the North Korean nuclear crisis, the continuing tensions over the Taiwan Straits, the impact of Sino-Japanese rivalry, the shift in stance of South Korea towards North Korea since 2001 and its implications for its relationship with the US, and Putin’s attempts to strengthen Russian influence in the region. It concludes by identifying the foremost dangers that risk obstructing greater regional cooperation, particularly the China-Japan rivalry, nationalist sentiments, territorial disputes and energy competition.


'The book is a welcome newcomer in the regional cooperation literature of the Asian Pacific…The chapters in this book are rich in detail, informative in description, insightful in analysis, and poignant in argument…This volume is probably not the final word on Northeast Asian regional cooperation but it goes beyond what is offered by most similar publications, and it does so in fewer pages.' - Nobuhiro Hiwatari, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 3, Fall 2007

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Sung Chull Kim 2. Domestic Politics and Regional Cooperation in Southeast and Northeast Asia Etel Solingen 3. An Emerging Northeast Asian Community: Domestic Dimension to Consider Haruki Wada 4. Washington’s Policies toward North Korea and the Taiwan Strait: The Role of US Domestic Politics T.J. Cheng 5. Two Koreas in Northeast Asia: Linkages between Domestic, Inter-Korean, and Regional Politics Yong-Pyo Hong 6. The Transformation of Chinese Foreign Policy Lowell Dietmar 7. The Fragility of China’s Regional Cooepration Edward Friedman 8. State Consolidation and Foreign Policy in Russia Leszek Buszynski 9. Mediating Geopolitics, Markets, Regionalism: Domestic Politics in Japan’s Post Cold War Relations with China Lam Peng Er 10. Transnational Cooperation among NGOs in Northeast Asia: From Re-Thinking Development towards Re-Thinking Security Daehoon Lee 11. Conclusion Edward Friedman and Sung Chull Kim

About the Editors

Edward Friedman is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the co- author of Chinese Village Socialist State, and Revolution, Resistance and Reform in Village China; editor of China's Rise, Taiwan's Dilemmas and International Peace; and co-editor of Asia's Giants: Comparing India and China.

Sung Chull Kim is Associate Professor at Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University. He is the author of North Korea under Kim Jong Il: From Consolidation to Systemic Dissonance. He has also contributed a number of articles on political theory and North Korea in journals including Systems Research and Behavioural Science, and Communist Studies and Transition Politics.

About the Series

Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series

Series editors: Leszek Buszynski and William Tow, both Australian National University


New security concerns are emerging in the Asia Pacific region as global players face challenges from rising great powers, all of which interact with confident middle powers in complicated ways. This series puts forward important new work on key security issues in the region. It embraces the roles of the major actors, their defense policies and postures and their security interaction over the key issues of the region. It includes coverage of the United States, China, Japan, Russia, the Koreas, as well as the middle powers of ASEAN and South Asia. It also covers issues relating to environmental and economic security as well as transnational actors and regional groupings.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies