February 17, 2010: Dr. Evelyn Goh

(Click to enlarge) From left to right: Dr. Satu Limaye and Dr. Evelyn Goh discuss regional cooperation in East Asia.

The East Asian Hierarchy and Regional Order


(Washington D.C.) February 17– Regional cooperation and the development of security architecture have been important topics in East Asian regional relations since the end of the Cold War. Many analysts focus on the rise of China, its challenges to the United States’ position in East Asia, and the impact the U.S.-Chinese bilateral relationship has on facilitating or hampering regional security cooperation. However, Dr. Evelyn Goh argued that the East Asian security order is best characterized as a layered hierarchy, with the United States at the apex, China in second position, and other regional powers in the layers underneath. Dr. Goh discussed the varying roles of regional powers in East Asia, shedding light on the patterns and puzzles of security cooperation.


Evelyn Goh is a reader in international relations at Royal Holloway, University of London and senior research associate at the Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford. Her research interests are Asian security, U.S. foreign policy and international relations theory. She is currently working on a book entitled The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Resistance and Transition in East Asia after the Cold War , contracted with Oxford University Press.