Asia’s economic rise in recent decades has been accompanied by an unprecedented period of peace. Many wonder whether economic growth and integration have fueled the peace, or whether the peace has enabled the growth. Most important, many wonder: will both last?
In recent years, the People's Liberation Army has increasingly focused on non-combat operations, principally domestic disaster relief and managing internal unrest.
East Asia's rapid economic growth and its implications for the rest of the world is a story that has generated extensive analysis and debate.
In the past decade, new regional economic institutions in Asia seem to have given the region a head start toward greater security.
Since the ASEAN + 3 process involving the 10 members of ASEAN plus Japan, South Korea and China began in 1997, growing regional economic links have had spillover effects on security co-operation, writes Fudan University Professor Wu Xinbo.
While much has been written about moves in East Asia toward financial integration, security tensions and the lack of a common identity have made such efforts largely symbolic, argues Benjamin J. Cohen.
A complex web of disputes and historical grievances continues to divide the countries of Northeast Asia, despite improvements in relations towards the end of the 20th century.
As China's massive and ever-expanding economy claims more and more of the world's energy supplies, international relations experts have increasingly predicted its energy needs will eventually put it in conflict with the United States.
Much progress has been made in recent decades to resolve the many territorial disputes that plagued East Asia in the past, although some still remain.
The prolonged peace that enabled East Asia to prosper in recent decades saw many countries in the region emerge as world leaders in high technology industries, including information technology.
While some European countries have started rethinking their nuclear programs in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, emerging Asian nations are not.
The building of nuclear plants in Japan has been in decline for years, and while the industry has pinned its hopes on developing nations’ energy thirst, so many improvements are still needed in safety, regulatory and compliance criteria.
Some lay blame for the nuclear plant disaster on 'amakudari' - the cozy relationship between Japanese government regulators and the industries they regulate.
Diplomatic disputes over the years between Australia and Indonesia have ranged over a host of contentious issues, many of them involving charges by Australia of human rights abuses by the Indonesian government and military.
While the US and Europe have been the most vocal supporters of the reform movements in the Middle East and North Africa, their past behavior in supporting authoritarian governments in the region may make them suspect partners in the transition process.
The People's Action Party has ruled Singapore since independence in 1965, with opposition parties barely ever able to dent its stranglehold on the ballot box. The most recent parliamentary elections were no exception.
An international forum to be held in Busan, South Korea, later this year will shed light on whether recent global initiatives to increase aid effectiveness are working and how they can be improved.
Powered by China's inexorable rise, East Asia is increasingly looked upon as a pillar in a multipolar world.
Short reviews of The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott; 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang; etc