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Changing Security Dynamics in East Asia

A Post-US Regional Order in the Making?

  • Elena Atanassova-Cornelis
  • Frans-Paul van der Putten

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia Pacific Series book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Why Strategic Uncertainty?

    1. Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, Frans-Paul van der Putten
      Pages 1-5
  3. Evolving Regional Security Order in East Asia: Key Perspectives

  4. East Asian Responses to Strategic Uncertainty

  5. Alternative Models of Regional Security Order

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 217-228

About this book


This original and detailed collection explores how regional actors deal with uncertainties that are inherent to the current geopolitical situation in East Asia. The contributors collectively demonstrate that strategic uncertainty has become a major factor in the shaping of the security order in East Asia.


Regional security USA East Asia strategic uncertainty leadership cooperation Policy Tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena Atanassova-Cornelis
    • 1
  • Frans-Paul van der Putten
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Antwerp & Université Catholique de LouvainBelgium
  2. 2.Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’The Netherlands

About the editors

Jaewoo Choo, Kyung Hee University, Korea Alexis Littlefield, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan Larry Niksch, independent researcher Shi Yinhong, Renmin University of China in Beijing, China Robert Sutter George Washington University, USA Carlyle A. Thayer, University of New South Wales, Australia Quansheng Zhao, University in Washington, USA Elena Atanassova-Cornelis, University of Kent, UK Frans-Paul van der Putten, Clingendael, The Netherlands Nick Bisley, La Trobe, Australia Kuniko Ashizawa, American University, USA Alice D. Ba, American University, USA

Bibliographic information


'This important volume offers an excellent range of views and arguments on the most important strategic question in Asia, and perhaps globally, today. In well-considered chapters by many of the leading scholars of Asian strategic affairs it offers rigorous and balanced analyses of the key questions which will shape Asia's strategic order over coming years. The chapters combine scholarly rigour with a robust sense of political and policy realities. It will quickly win a key place in the literature on Asian strategic affairs.'

- Hugh White, Australian National University, Australia

'Changing Security Dynamics is an excellent and timely contribution to the key debates surrounding the evolving regional security order in East Asia. The volume brings together many of the established and now emerging thought leaders on these issues from North America, Asia and Europe. The analysis in the volume is distinguished by a mix of clear theoretical thinking, detailed consideration of the role of the US and China in determining any new or continuing security order, and the manoeuvring of

other key states actors in Northeast and Southeast Asia in influencing the emerging strategic landscape. Overall, the volume forms a central work in debating the future permutations of the US 'rebalance' and US-centred regional order and forms essential reading for both advanced researchers and students.' - Christopher W. Hughes, University of Warwick, UK