International Conflict in the Asia-Pacific

Patterns, Consequences and Management

By Jacob Bercovitch, Mikio Oishi

© 2010 – Routledge

224 pages

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About the Book

This book analyses four major long-standing and intractable conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region (the Korean Peninsula; the Taiwan Strait; the South China Sea (Spratly Islands); and India-Pakistan), and aims to identify the mechanisms used to manage these conflicts.

International Conflict in the Asia-Pacific brings together in one volume four major international conflicts that have shaped the region, and studies how they evolved and how best to manage them. The book seeks to find a pattern common to the four conflicts and their management as well as taking note of variations among them, hereby aiming to establish what might be called the 'Asia-Pacific way of managing intractable conflicts'.

This book will of much interest to students of international conflict management, Asian politics, security studies and IR in general.

Jacob Bercovitch is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in the field of international conflict resolution, he is author of more than 15 books and numerous articles.

Mikio Oishi is a Visiting Fellow with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago and a Research Fellow with Political Science Programme of University of Canterbury.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific Region in the Post-World War II Period 2. Conflict Management and its Application to Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific Region 3. Management of Conflict on the Korean Peninsula: From Confrontation to Sustaining a Failing State 4. Management of the Rivalry across the Taiwan Strait: Addressing the Transformation from Ideological Rivalry to Ethnic Conflict 5. Management of Dispute over the Spratly Islands: Taming a Dragon in the South China Sea 6. Management of the Indo-Pakistani Conflict: Siamese Twins Inflicting Lethal Blows on Each Other 7. Conclusion Bibliography

About the Authors

Jacob Bercovitch is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars in the field of international conflict resolution, he is author or editor of more than 17 books and numerous articles. Professor Bercovitch is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Mikio Oishi is a Visiting Fellow with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS), University of Otago and a Research Fellow with Political Science Programme of University of Canterbury. A specialist in conflict management and transformation in the Asia-Pacific, he is author of two books and a number of articles.

About the Series

Routledge Global Security Studies

Global Security Studies is a series for cutting-edge monographs and books on international security. It emphasizes cutting-edge scholarship on the forces reshaping global security and the dilemmas facing decision-makers the world over. The series stresses security issues relevant in many countries and regions, accessible to broad professional and academic audiences as well as to students, and enduring through explicit theoretical foundations.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS003000
HISTORY / Asia / General
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security