Kapor argues that explanations of international relations in Asia in the post-Second World War period have relied too much on the Cold War as a key explanatory factor, and have not given enough emphasis to the useful concepts of 'regional power formation', 'conflict formation' and 'conflict resolution'. The author outlines these concepts and goes on to elaborate on them, and to apply them to three key Asian regions - northeast, southeast, and south Asia - discussing practical strategic issues in an historical perspective and arguing that these concepts, and other concepts which he discusses, are extremely helpful in making sense of the complex pattern of international relations in Asia.
'makes an important contribution to the literature on the study of Asian international relations.' - Contemporary Southeast Asia
1. Introduction 2. The Meaning and Importance of 'Asia' in International History and International Politics 3. Evolving International Structures in Asia-Pacific and The Indian Ocean Areas 4. Tied Together by Power Politics and Notional Realities: The Great Powers in Asia, the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 5. The Situation in America and Asia and the Growth of Regionalism in Asia: An Overview 6. Multipopularity in Asian Regions 1940s-2000: An Overview 7. Multipopularity During the Cold-War 8. Regional Multipopularity After the End of the Cold War 9. The Future of Geo-Politics and the Nature of the Conflict in Asia 10. From Conflict Formation to Conflict Resolution: An Outline of the Process