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Multilateralism in Asia: Rethinking Asian regionalism in an uncertain era

Journal of Contemporary East Asian Studies Special Issue Call for Papers

Deadline: 1 August 2019

The current circumstances of East Asia are complex and unpredictable. This is due to a large part to the shifting power balance between the United States and China and the escalation of economic “war” between these two countries. This state of complexity and unpredictability in international relations emerged at the end of the 2000's, as China’s rise became more apparent. In addition, the assertive and proactive foreign policies of the Xi Jinping administration have expanded China’s influence in the region. Against this background, most discussions of East Asian intraregional relations tend to focus on the power rivalry between the United States and China and the influence of this rivalry on the prospects for security and political, economic, and social stability in the region.

However, we must not overlook the fact that multilateralism in Asia, Asian regionalism, and the promotion of institutionalization in various areas have also transformed regional circumstances, leading to the promotion of regional integration and construction of a scheme for regional governance. Lacking a “grand design” or “grand vision,” which was employed in the process of European integration, governmental and non-governmental actors actually have promoted or tried to promote regional cooperation and integration of security, politics, finance, trade, and other arenas in East Asia with various institutions like ASEAN, ASEAN+3, East Asian Summit, ADMM+, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The structure of integration and institutionalization is complex, multilayered, and sometimes sporadic but it is actually becoming an important aspect of international relations in East Asia.

This issue focuses on multilateral efforts to promote regional cooperation and integration in East Asia and attempts to clarify the nature of Asian regionalism and regional governance schemes, which are slowly advancing against the backdrop of uncertainty and unpredictability in the region. At the same time, further advancement of Asian regionalism has encountered a number of problems, obstacles, and limits, all of which are explicated in this issue.   


Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies

Table of Contents for Journal of Contemporary East Asia Studies. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submission deadline: 1st August 2019

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Guest Editors:

Prof. Mie Oba, Tokyo University of Science

Published on 22nd. Last updated on 22nd