Institutions and Order in the Asian Century

Institutions and Order in the Asian Century
Photo: President Barack Obama meets with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a bilateral meeting at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (White House photo by Pete Souza).

In the 20 years since the end of the Cold War, discussions of Asia’s future regional politics have primarily focused on the prospects for greater political integration. Particular attention has been paid to whether Asia will or should develop stronger regional multilateral institutions and, if so, what form they might take. The reasons for this focus are clear. For some time, countries throughout Asia have enjoyed both remarkable economic growth and substantial political evolution at the national level, and there has been equally impressive progress toward regional integration in the economic sphere. But progress towards regional political integration has lagged […]

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