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Asia's New Multilateralism: Cooperation, Competition, and the Search for Community

ISBN-13: 978-0231144421
ISBN-10: 0231144423
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An excellent textbook for students and scholars in international relations, political science, and Asian studies, and even for diplomats and policy makers.

(Alon Levkowitz H-US-Japan)


Michael J. Green and Bates Gill have given those of us who think and write about Asia, but are not Asianists, just what we need: a book that puts the bewildering array of multilateral asian institutions into a context we can understand. The individual chapters are grouped into two parts, one providing national perspectives on multiplying multilateral institutions, the other treating the economic, security, and governance issues raised by this peculiar phenomenon. The introductory chapter brilliantly frames and introduces the well-written, lean, and useful pieces contributed by distinguished authors. Most useful is the volume's crisp identification of the tensions involved in Asian multilateralism, from soaring rhetoric to anemic performance, from 'budding Asianization' to an embrace of the Pacific community, and from enthusiasm for institution building to an acceptance of ad hoc 'minilateral' groups. In the end, the book serves as the best available realist's guide to the complex and important political reality that defines Asia today.


This book is that rare item: an edited volume that is coherent, analytical, and informative. It is the best recent book on multilateralism in the region and must be required reading for teachers and students of international relations in the Asia-Pacific.

(Evelyn Goh, University of London)

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