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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.

The East Asian Peace
The East Asian peace
Stein Tønnesson

In its simplest form, the term ‘East Asian Peace’ denotes the absence of inter-state war in the East Asian region since the 1980s. Not one single war has been fought between any of the sixteen/seventeen regional states. The term may also be used to describe the radical reduction that has taken place in the same period in the number and intensity of domestic armed conflicts. In an even wider meaning, the term may denote a general decline in violence, notably in mass atrocities (Bellamy, 2017) but also in criminal violence.

‘East Asia’ is understood as a region consisting of ...

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