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Island Disputes and Maritime Regime Building in East Asia

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Koo, Min Gyo

2010, XX, 208p. 17 illus..

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  • Approaches Asian maritime disputes from an interdisciplinary perspective, encompassing economics, politics and history
  • Offers a theoretically informed and empirically rich analysis of the maritime regime in East Asia
  • Provides policymakers and analysts with a road map for successful management and development of the world’s most dynamic sea areas

This book explores the three most prominent island disputes in East Asia: the Dokdo/Takeshima, the Senkaku/Diaoyu, and the Paracel and Spratly disputes. These island disputes clearly illustrate the puzzling pattern of continuity and mutual restraint in East Asia’s territorial conflicts. In dealing with sovereignty issues, East Asian countries have engaged in varied patterns of diplomatic and military behaviors. In some cases, one can find examples of the aggressive use of military force and intransigent bargaining strategies, while in others military inaction and accommodative diplomacy are equally evident. When and why do disputants pursue conflictual policies? Conversely, why do they at other times seek the containment, if not the resolution, of territorial disputes by shelving thorny sovereignty issues?

This book uses a territorial bargaining game framework to analyze various stages of dispute initiation, escalation, and de-escalation in a consistent and systematic manner. It starts from an assumption that territory involves mixed motive games, which can be characterized as having elements of partnership, competition, and conflict. Consistent with conventional wisdom, this book finds that the combination of resource competition, fluid geopolitics, and unstable domestic power dynamics has regularly brought about the initiation and escalation of the three island disputes. More importantly, this book discovers that the pacific influence of economic interdependence has repeatedly prevented the sovereignty disputes from escalating into a full-scale diplomatic and/or military crisis

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Conflict - Conflicts - Dokdo/Takeshima - East Asia - Paracel/Spratly - Sea of Japan - Senkaku/Diaoyu - South China Sea - United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) - geopolitics

Related subjects » Development Economics - Economics - International Economics / European Integration - Political Science - Regional / Spatial Science

Table of contents 

East Asian Island and Maritime Disputes in a World of Globalization.- Conceptual and Theoretical Framework.- Quantitative Analysis of East Asian Island Disputes.- The Island and Maritime Disputes in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.- The Island and Maritime Disputes in the East China Sea.- The Island and Maritime Disputes in the South China Sea.- Maritime Regime Building in East Asia.- Conclusion and Implications.

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