Asian Perspective

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

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 2, 2008

Films and Cultural Hegemony: American Hegemony "Outside" and "Inside" the "007" Movie Series
This article examines empirically how American cultural hegemony operates through the medium of film-in this case, via the James Bond "007" movie series. It is evident that American values are diffused worldwide via the motion picture industry. The 007...
Hand in Hand for Korea: A Peace Process and Denuclearization
Pyongyang has a longstanding strategy of engaging with Seoul only when Washington is moving to reconcile. It has acted that way for two decades. Time and again, pressure has proved counterproductive; it has only led North Korea to dig in its heels. To...
Korea's New Administration and Challenges for China's Relations with the Korean Peninsula*
In a region as fluid and complex as Northeast Asia, Lee Myung-bak's election to the presidency of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) will prove to be quite significant. The return of a conservative leader is an important change for Korean politics,...
Learning to Cooperate Not to Cooperate: Bargaining for the 1965 Korea-Japan Normalization*
With the conceptual tool of "Pareto optimum" (or "Pareto frontier"), this article offers an explanation as to why the 1965 Korea-Japan normalization was achieved at that particular time. No existing single factor can sufficiently explain the outcome....
No Justice, No Peace? National Reconciliation and Local Conflict Resolution in Cambodia
The Khmer Rouge Tribunal is expected by many in the international community to bring a sense of reconciliation to a nation still grappling with the aftermath of more than thirty years of civil war. Yet the gap between national and local reconciliation...
The Future of U.S.-Rok Relations: The U.S. Approach
This article argues that there is potential to establish a considerably more comprehensive relationship than has previously existed between the United States and South Korea. Compared to the trans-Atlantic relationship or even the U.S.- Japan alliance,...
The Impact of Taiwan's 2008 Elections on Cross-Strait Relations: A Game-Theoretical Analysis
As an "index case" of Third-Wave democracies facing existential threat, Taiwan's elections entail important implications for study in comparative politics and international relations. In 2008, three important elections help define the course of Taiwan's...
The United States and Multilateral Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia
Recently, multilateralism has become a major buzz word in Asian international relations. Nations in the region are hopeful that multilateral negotiations will serve as a basis for managing the region's problems. The argument here is that hopes that the...