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.
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