A Pacific Nation: Perspectives on the US Role in an East Asia Community

Mark Borthwick and Tadashi Yamamoto, eds.

Historic shifts within East Asia have driven efforts to build up regional institutions. Despite its longstanding ties to the region, the United States has been largely absent from these efforts until recently, when American officials declared that the United States is “back in Asia” and began a flurry of activities to strengthen US involvement in the region’s emerging institutions. Many questions remain, however, about the role the United States will ultimately play in the evolving regional architecture and how the region will react to this.

In this volume, experts from Asia and the United States explore the latest changes in US involvement in regional affairs and analyze the region’s divergent perspectives on the role that the United States should play in a new East Asia community.

This book is the result of a JCIE project on The Impact of Changing US Policy on the Emerging East Asia Community.


I. Foreword

Tadashi Yamamoto, President, Japan Center for International Exchange
II. Overview
A Pacific Nation
Mark Borthwick, Executive Director, US Asia Pacific Council, East West Center, Honolulu
III. US Approaches to East Asia Community
Engaging in Asia: The Evolving US Approach to Regional Community Building 
Jim Gannon, Executive Director, JCIE/USA
The United States and Asian Economic Regionalism: On the Outside Looking In?
Amy Searight, Senior Advisor, Stonebridge International; Memorial Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
IV. Perspectives from Southeast Asia
The United States and East Asia Community Building: A Perspective from Southeast Asia
S. R. Joey Long, Assistant Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Techonological University
ASEAN–US Strategic Partnership and East Asia Community Building: Opportunities, Risks, and Constraints
Noel M. Morada, Research Director, Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia; Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman
V. Perspectives from Northeast Asia
The United States and East Asian Regionalism: Inclusion-Exclusion Logic and the Role of Japan
Takahashi Terada, Professor of International Relations, Organization for Asian Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo
America’s “Return to Asia”: Both a Challenge and an Opportunity for China
Yu Wanli, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Peking University
US-Asia Relations beyond the Global Financial Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for East Asia Community Building
Han Intaek, Senior Research Fellow, Jeju Peace Institute
Copyright © 2011 Japan Center for International Exchange. All Rights Reserved.
ISBN 978-4-88907-133-7; 175 pages; paper