Asian Security Practice: Material and Ideational Influences by Muthiah Alagappa

By Muthiah Alagappa

Regardless of the tip of the chilly battle, protection is still a severe trouble of Asian states. Allocations of kingdom sales to the safety region stay colossal and feature, actually, elevated in numerous nations. As Asian international locations build a brand new safeguard structure for the Asia-Pacific area, Asian defense has obtained elevated consciousness through the scholarly group. yet so much of that scholarship has interested by particular concerns or chosen international locations. This publication goals to put the foundation for a complete, in-depth knowing of Asian safeguard via investigating conceptions of safety in 16 Asian countries.The booklet undertakes an ethnographic, country-by-country examine of the way Asian states conceive in their protection. for every state, it identifies and explains the protection issues and behaviour of important choice makers, asking who or what's to be secure, opposed to what strength threats, and the way protection regulations have replaced through the years. This inside-out or bottom-up process allows either identity of similarities and alterations within the protection pondering and perform of Asian international locations and exploration in their effects. The an important insights into the dynamics of foreign protection within the area supplied by way of this procedure can shape the foundation for additional inquiry, together with debates in regards to the way forward for the region.The ebook is in 3 components. half I significantly stories and appraises the controversy over defining protection and gives a historic evaluation of overseas politics in Asia. half II investigates protection practices in 16 Asian international locations, the international locations chosen and grouped at the foundation of defense independence. in accordance with the findings of the rustic stories and drawing on different released works, half III compares the nationwide practices so as to determining and explaining key features of Asian protection perform and conceptualization at the foundation of the Asian reviews.

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Security is no more difficult or contested than these other core concepts. With sustained, rigorous, and concerted effort, analysis and development of the concept of security should make at least some headway. Because concepts constitute the basic "units of thought" and in large measure inform, if not define, discourse and theorizing, explication and elaboration of security and a shared understanding of the concept are Page 13 crucial for the development of the security studies subfield. 25This book seeks to make a modest contribution to that effort.

Her research interests include South and Southwest Asian politics with special emphasis on civil-military relations, and defense and strategic analysis. MUTHIAH ALAGAPPA is senior fellow and director of the Center for Politics and Security at the East-West Center in Honolulu. D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research interests include international relations theory, international politics of the Asia-Pacific region, government and politics in Southeast Asia, and the interaction of the United Nations with regional institutions.

Candidate in political science at Northern Illinois University. His research interests include Southeast Asian security and comparative political economy, ASEAN external relations, and democratization issues in Asia. Page xvii K. S. NATHAN is professor of international relations, Department of History, University of Malaya. D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate School in California. His research interests include strategic studies, big power relations in the Asia-Pacific region, ASEAN regionalism, and Malaysian security and foreign policy.

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