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The New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific

2nd Edition

By Michael K. Connors, Rémy Davison, Jörn Dosch

© 2012 – Routledge

278 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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The new, fully updated second edition of The New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific builds on its coherent framework for understanding the complex international and global politics of the Asia Pacific. The textbook provides an introductory guide for the main frameworks needed to understand the region (realism, liberalism, critical theory), which is reader-friendly while still offering sophisticated competing interpretations.

Key content includes:

    • the US in the Asia Pacific;
    • China and Japan in the Asia Pacific;
    • Southeast Asia in the Asia Pacific;
    • India in the Asia Pacific;
    • Russia in the Asia Pacific;
    • Australia in the Asia Pacific;
    • Europe in the Asia Pacific;
    • globalization, regionalism and political economy;
    • Asian values, democracy and human rights;
    • transnational actors;
    • region security order and the impact of terrorism on the region.


A highly topical account, which provides an overview of the main actors, institutions and contemporary issues such as security, terrorism and transnational actors, the book is required reading for undergraduate students of Asian studies, international politics, and anyone interested in the region.


"The New Global Politics of the Asia Pacific (2nd edition) is a highly informative resource for anyone studying or working on the region. The authors provide a comprehensive overview of the issues affecting the Asia-Pacific and introduce readers to a variety of theoretical frameworks for interpreting events in this increasingly complex part of the world." - Nilanthi Samaranayake, CNA, Strategic Studies Division; Journal of International and Global Studies Vol. 3, No. 2 Spring 2012

"A good insight into liberal, realist, and radical perspectives of growth helps familiarise the reader with approaches to political economy… The book is very insightful and provides an opportunity for readers to grasp the global politics of the Asia Pacific region." - Uzma Zia, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, 2013.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Asia-Pacific Century? 2. The United States in the Asia-Pacific: Still the Hegemon? 3. The Rise of China in the Asia-Pacific 4. Japan: The Power that Dares not Speak its Name? 5. Russia and India in the Asia-Pacific 6. Australia: Between an Ally and a ‘True Friend’ 7. Southeast Asia: ASEAN and the Challenge of Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific 8. Europe and the Asia-Pacific: Achievements of Inter-Regionalism 9. Regional Security: Legacies and New Challenges 10. Globalization v. Regionalism in the Asia-Pacific? 11. Political Economy Approaches to the Rise, Fall and Return of the "Asian Miracle" 12 .Actors Beyond Borders? Transnational actors in the Asia-Pacific 13. Asian Values Redux? The International Politics of Rights, Democracy and Culture

About the Authors

Michael K. Connors teaches in the School of Social Science, at La Trobe University, Australia.

Rémy Davison is Senior Lecturer in International Relations, and Associate Director of the Monash European and EU Centre, Monash University, Australia.

Jörn Dosch is Professor of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General