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The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies

2nd Edition

Edited by Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell, Joseph Chinyong Liow


392 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security Studies provides a detailed exploration of security dynamics in the three distinct subregions that comprise Asia, and also bridges the study of these regions by exploring the geopolitical links between each of them.

The Handbook is divided into four geographical parts:

Part I: Northeast Asia

Part II: South Asia

Part III: Southeast Asia

Part IV: Cross-regional Issues

This fully revised and updated second edition addresses the significant developments which have taken place in Asia since the first edition appeared in 2009. It examines these developments at both regional and national levels, including the conflict surrounding the South China Sea, the long-standing Sino-Indian border dispute, and Pakistan’s investment in tactical nuclear weapons, amongst many others.

This book will be of great interest to students of Asian politics, security studies, war and conflict studies, foreign policy and international relations generally.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Sumit Ganguly, Andrew Scobell and Joseph Chinyong Liow

PART I: NorthEast Asia

1. Whither China’s 21st Century Trajectory?, Andrew Scobell

2. Sino-Japanese Rivalry and Its Consequences for Asia, Sheila A. Smith

3. North Korea’s Nuclear Weaponization Program: Background, Context, and Trends for the Future, Bruce Bechtol

4. False Alarm: Xinjiang and China’s National Security, Yitzhak Shichor

5. Origins, Intentions, and Security Implications of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, Jeffrey Reeves

6. The Dynamics of Russo-Chinese Relations, Stephen Blank

7. Taiwan’s Traditional Security Challenge as a Contested State, Ming-chin Monique Chu

8. China’s Maritime Ambitions, Andrew S. Erickson

PART II: South Asia

9. The Evolution of India’s Nuclear Weapons Program, Dinshaw Mistry

10. Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Laying the Groundwork for Impunity, C. Christine Fair

11. Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in South Asia, Shivaji Mukherjee

12. India and Pakistan: Persistent Rivalry, Rajesh Basrur

13. China and India: The Evolution of a Compound Rivalry, Manjeet S. Pardesi

14. Civil-Military Relations in South Asia, Aqil Shah

15. Human Security in India, Swarna Rajagopalan

16. India and Its Great Power Aspirations, William R. Thompson

PART III: Southeast Asia

17. ASEAN Centrality Tested, Mely Caballero-Anthony

18. Genealogy of Conflict: The Roots, Evolution and Trajectory of the South China Sea Disputes, Richard Javad Heydarian

19. Indonesia as a Regional Power: A Pan-Indo-Pacific Worldview, Vibhanshu Shekhar

20. Terrorism and Counterterrorism in Indonesia, Susan Sim

21. United States’ Pivot and Southeast Asia, Daniel Chua Wei Boon

22. Democratization in Southeast Asia: Social, Institutional and Security Considerations, Michael Vatikiotis

23. Assessing Peace Processes in Southeast Asia, S.P. Harish

24. Foreign Policy and Political Changes in Post-Junta Myanmar, Renard Egreteau

PART IV: Cross-Regional Issues

25. The Future of Great Power Rivalry in the Indian Ocean, Iskander Rehman

26. Asian Regionalisms, David Capie

27. Anatomy of a Rivalry: China and Japan in Southeast Asia, Hoo Tiang Boon

28. The Future of Alliances in Asia, Andrew O’Neil

29. The United States and Asia: Following Through on the Pivot, Robert Sutter

About the Editors

Sumit Ganguly is Professor of Political Science and holds the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, USA, and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. His most recent publication is Ascending India and Its State Capacity (with William R. Thompson, 2017).

Andrew Scobell is Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, USA. His most recent publication is PLA Influence on China's National Security Policymaking (2015).

Joseph Chinyong Liow is Dean and Professor of Comparative and International Politics at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His most recent publication is Religion and Nationalism in Southeast Asia (2016).

Subject Categories

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