Since the Cold War ended, East Asia has become the global focus of unresolved strategic tensions among the great powers. These tensions focus on the Korean peninsula, the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea, and have an important maritime dimension. This book presents a comprehensive overview of the geopolitics of the region. It focuses in particular on the way geographic and historical forces continue to play a key role in shaping international relations here. It considers the role of both regional and international powers, and assesses the risks of war in the region.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. East Asia to 1905 2. Unstable Balance 1905-1935 3. The Road to War 1935-1941 4. The Cold War - First Phase 5. The Cold War - Final Phase 6. The Quadrilateral Continues Conclusion
Robyn Lim is Professor of International Relations at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan. Previous affiliations include the University of New South Wales in Sydney and Australian Studies Professor, University of Tokyo. From 1988 to 1994, she worked in the Office of National Assessments, Australia's main foreign intelligence assessment agency.