Asian Perspective

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, 2011

"Chindia" or Rivalry? Rising China, Rising India, and Contending Perspectives on India-China Relations
Whether and how India and China manage their futures as rising powers will critically shape international relations in the twenty-first century. These two countries demonstrate sharp contrasts in terms of their political systems, economic models, and...
Development of Japan's Historical Memory: The San Francisco Peace Treaty and the Murayama Statement in Future Perspective
How a nation fights a war, and loses it, then forms an understanding of historical memory is a matter of great complexity. This article analyzes the postwar evolution of historical memory in Japan. The San Francisco Peace Treaty, and its acceptance of...
Dokdo: The San Francisco Peace Treaty, International Law on Territorial Disputes, and Historical Criticism
The San Francisco Peace Treaty is constitutive, and some of its provisions have an effect erga omnes (rights or obligations toward all). But its territorial clause does not purport to define Korea's boundaries in any detail and does not mention Dokdo,...
Explaining the Central Asian Energy Game: Complex Interdependence and How Small States Influence Their Big Neighbors
Dominant voices in the energy security debate describe the competition for energy resources as a zero-sum, realist game that will lead to future resource wars among prominent system-shaping states. However, the complex set of interlinked political, economic,...
Sixty Years after the San Francisco Treaty: Its Legacy on Territorial and Security Issues in East Asia
The three articles that follow use the insights of historical institutionalism to analyze the complex nature of the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty and examine its legacy for East Asian regional security. The perceived and actual imbalance between the...
Theorizing ASEAN Integration
This article proposes a theory that the strategic preferences of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members should be a key variable in explaining the ASEAN integration process over the last four decades. ASEAN integration will not progress...
The San Francisco System: Contemporary Meaning and Challenges
This article subjects the notion of the San Francisco system to critical scrutiny. It identifies the origins, evolution, and various meanings attributed to the term. In its original sense it meant the Northeast Asian security order that was based on...
Toward a Multistakeholder Model of Foreign Policy Making in Korea? Big Business and Korea-US Relations
Taking the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) as a case study, I examine the influence of Korean big business in shaping Korea-US relations. For more than a half century, the ROK-US alliance has played a safety-pin role in preserving peace and...