Coping With 9-11: Asian Perspectives on Global and Regional Order

Han Sung-Joo, ed.
October 2003

Since 9-11, the international community has been trying to understand the implications of what happened and subsequent events, not only for the countries directly affected but for the whole world. Clearly, a new global order is in the making, as the events of 9-11 marked the end of the post–cold war period.

This book maps the introductory phase of the post–9-11 global and regional settings, as well as the response of the East Asian countries. Three thematic chapters and three country-specific chapters collect Asian perspectives on how the world and the region should be managed because of, or despite, the events of 9-11. The thematic chapters address such questions as what is happening to the nature and substance of the global and regional order; how relations among the major powers might have changed; the implications of the changes on international institutions, particularly the United Nations; the effects of 9-11 on the domestic politics of Asian countries; and the interplay between Islamic factors and the situation since 9-11. The country chapters on China, Indonesia, and Japan examine how these key countries in the region feel about the US-led war on terrorism, the ways each supports the effort, and the significant differences between public opinion and government policy. While no countries in East Asia were unaffected by 9-11, their responses differed in significant ways. The authors seem to agree that to uphold global security, East Asia must redouble its effort to strengthen coordination and cooperation among its member countries.

1. Foreword
Yamamoto Tadashi, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
2. Introduction
Han Sung-Joo, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
3. Major-Power Relations in Post 9-11 Asia Pacific
Chin Kin Wah, Senior Fellow, Regional Strategic and Political Studies Programme, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
4. China’s Perspectives on the Regional and World Order Since 9-11
Chu Shulong, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, School of Public Policy and Management and Director of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Tsinghua University, China
5. Japan’s Response to 9-11
Narushige Michishita, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS), Japan Defense Agency
6. Indonesia and 9-11: Reactions and Implications
Rizal Sukma, Director of Studies, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia
7. The Impact of Terrorism on ASEAN
Farish A. Noor, Fellow, Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia
8. Implications of 9-11 for the United Nations and East Asia
Lee Shin-wha, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University
Copyright © 2003 Japan Center for International Exchange. All Rights Reserved.
ISBN 4-88907-065-6; 133 pages; paper