While, over the last 30 years, the global economy's center of gravity has shifted to East Asia, the region has remained surprisingly free of interstate military conflict. Yet this era of peace and growth has been punctuated by periodic reminders of enduring security problems in the region—from China's military modernization, to unresolved territorial disputes, to persistent tensions on the Korean peninsula.
This volume is one of the first to treat these issues of economics and security as interconnected rather than separate. Its authors—leading scholars from the U.S. and China—shed new light on this important nexus by applying insights from a rich variety of approaches to explore and explain the dynamics of a region whose importance for students of both international political economy and international security has grown dramatically. They show that both economic and security 'fundamentals' matter if one is to understand the reasons for, and evaluate the durability of, East Asia's recent peace and prosperity.
About the authors
Avery Goldstein is David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania.
Edward D. Mansfield is Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science and Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania.
"This is a first-rate volume with distinguished contributors writing on an important subject. East Asia is the world's most important region for strategic and economic stability, but the nexus between economic and security affairs is poorly understood."
—Robert Ross, Professor of Political Science, Boston College
"A preeminent cast of contributors examines the major issues on the agenda of East Asian international relations. This kaleidoscopic, comprehensive and careful assessment weaves very effectively the thick threads connecting economics and security in that pivotal region. Anybody seeking to understand the durability of East Asia's peace and prosperity will find this volume indispensable."
—Etel Solingen, Chancellor's Professor, University of California Irvine