Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 3, 2008

A Path to Democracy: In Search of China's Democratization Model*
China's transition is drawing worldwide attention. China started market economic reforms in 1978 and is rapidly closing its economic gap with the developed world. The Chinese public and Chinese leaders have started to debate and explore where China should...
Does China's Rise Threaten the United States?
Power Transition?Since the Chinese government launched its reforms, the economy has been taking off with extraordinary speed for almost three decades. If the economy continues to grow at such astronomical levels, China will be in position to surpass...
International Reconciliation in the Postwar Era, 1945-2005: A Comparative Study of Japan-Rok and Franco-German Relations*
Under what conditions do sets of two former adversary states with deeply rooted historical animosity try to reconcile with each other? When they seek bilateral reconciliation, why are the outcomes significantly different? France and Germany were historic...
Labor and Politics in East Asia: The Case of Failure of the Encompassing Labor Organization in Korea
Olsonian theory supposes that when labor unions are organized in an encompassing manner at the industrial and national levels, they can better prevent collective action problems and bring about more stable industrial relations. This theory regards the...
Russia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Moscow's Lonely Road from Bishkek to Dushanbe*
One of Russian leader Vladimir Putin's most important foreign- policy initiatives has been the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)-a regional international organization he cofounded in 2001 that groups together Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,...
South Korea and Japan's Frictions over History: A Linguistic Constructivist Reading*
This article looks at the characteristics of "frictions over history" in ROK-Japan relations since the 1990s, with a focus on Korea's responses. It addresses some hypotheses on the characteristics and trends shown in the political process of "blundering"...
Suryong's Direct Rule and the Political Regime in North Korea under Kim Jong Il*
The political system in North Korea has been characterized as a "Suryong Dominant Party-State System." Since the mid-1980s, however, its political system has displayed two interesting aspects. Formally, the broad "Suryong System" has been maintained;...
The Politics of Historiography in China: Contextualizing the Koguryo Controversy*
This article contextualizes the emergence of the Chinese claim over the historical ownership of Koguryo in the politics of historiography in China. Contemporary Chinese historiography from which the Chinese state and populace draw core identities has...