Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.
Chapter 28: Overviews of Japanese Foreign Policy through Three Lenses: Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism
Overviews of Japanese Foreign Policy through Three Lenses: Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism
There are uncountable possible interpretations for a country's foreign policy. This chapter attempts to present different interpretations of the history of Japanese foreign policy through the three most popular approaches of international relations theory: realism, liberalism and constructivism. Nye (Nye and Welch, 2016: 11) tells us that these analytical tools are useful for practical foreign policy making:
When I was working in Washington and helping formulate American foreign policies as an assistant secretary in the State Department and the Pentagon, I found myself borrowing ...