August 4, 2011: Toward New Security Management and Cooperation in Northeast Asia

August 4, 2011: Kiichi Fujiwara, Suk-hee Han, and Professor T.J. Pempel

Toward New Security Management and Cooperation in Northeast Asia

WASHINGTON, DC (September 15 , 2011) -- For the project entitled Toward New Security Management and Cooperation in Northeast Asia, Professors Kiichi Fujiwara, Suk-hee Han, and T.J. Pempel, were among a group of researchers from the ROK, China, Europe, Japan, and the United States who produced a series of papers addressing multiple aspects of a central puzzle in Northeast Asian security; namely, that despite considerable rhetoric and saber-rattling from various quarters, the region has actually been devoid of state-to-state shooting wars since the Korean armistice. While some would attribute this to the rising centrality of economic development to the agendas of most state leaders in the region combined with their growing economic interactions, the three explained that a close examination of specific Northeast Asian economic linkages reveals little direct relationship between political tensions and economic interactions. Similarly, in contrast to predictions from both international relations theory and the experiences of security mechanisms in other regions, Northeast Asia has managed to avoid conflicts in the absence of any deeply institutionalized multilateral security bodies that could be credited with ensuring the region’s relatively peaceful conditions.

Kiichi Fujiwara is a professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo. A graduate of the University of Tokyo (B.A. and M.A.), Professor Fujiwara studied as a Fulbright student at Yale University before he returned to Japan at the Institute of Social Science (ISS). He has held positions at the University of the Philippines, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bristol, and was selected as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center at Washington D.C. Professor Fujiwara’s works on international affairs include Remembering the War, 2001; A Democratic Empire, 2002; Is There Really a Just War? 2003; Peace for Realists, 2004 (winner of the Ishibashi Tanzan award, 2005), International Politics, 2007; War Unleashed, 2007.

Sukhee Han is an associate dean at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University. He completed both undergraduate and MA program at the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Yonsei University and continued his M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degree programs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Dr. Han’s main research interests are Sino-American relations, Sino-Korean relations, Sino-North Korean relations, and China’s elite politics.

T. J. Pempel is a professor of political science at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Berkeley's Department of Political Science in July, 2001, and was director of the Institute of East Asian Studies from January 2002 until 2007. Professor Pempel's research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regionalism. His most recent book is Crisis as Catalyst The Dynamics of the Asian Political Economy (Cornell University Press). In addition, he has published over one hundred articles and chapters in books. Professor Pempel has also been active in track II processes including the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD) and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific dialogue (CSCAP). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. ###