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The contemporary importance of the Asia-Pacific region in international relations has generated a very large and diverse academic literature. This four-volume set, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, brings together for the first time a collection of essential articles covering the key themes and issues since the end of the Cold War. It examines the ways in which the region understands its place in the world and how the rest of the world understands the Asia Pacific, before turning to matters of security, international political economy and regional governance.

Volume I: Theorizing International Relations: Asia Views the World and the World Views Asia

Volume II: International Relations in Practice: Securities Old and New

Volume III: The International Political Economy of Development in East Asia

Volume IV: Regions and Regionalism

Editor's Introduction: Ageing Masterwork

Editors’ Introduction Studying the International Relations of the Asia Pacific: What Is the Region, What Are the Issues?

ShaunBreslin and RichardHiggott
Introduction

For nearly three decades now, various scholars, analysts and practitioners have been hypothesising about the rise of the ‘Pacific’ or ‘Asian’ centuries. Analyses have been driven variously by the agendas of international security, international economic relations and increasingly a combination of the two. Though confidence in Asia's rise was somewhat dented by the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the early years of the 21st century have seen the Pacific Century narrative begin to regain strength once again. The primary driver of this renewed rhetoric is growing American interests (if not outright concerns) about the impact of China (see Shambaugh, in Volume 2). ...

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