Beyond Bilateralism: U.S.-Japan Relations in the New Asia-Pacific


Ellis S. Krauss and T. J. Pempel (eds.)

Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific


Stanford: Stanford University Press

Available From: Stanford University Press
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 0-8047-4910-8
Binding: paper
Pages: xxi, 421


The sixth title in the East-West Center book series, Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific, published by Stanford University Press, Beyond Bilateralism analyzes how, and to what extent, crucial global and regional security, finance, and trade transformations have altered the U.S.-Japan relationship and how that bilateral relationship has in turn influenced those global and regional trends. This is the first comprehensive analysis of the ways in which changes in the geopolitical context have altered the nature of the long-stable U.S.-Japan relationship: much of what had once been a bilateral and relatively exclusive relationship has been transformed in the past two decades. The authors present eleven case studies of important domains -- ranging from increased flows of private capital to international security concerns to the growing importance of multilateral organizations -- in which the relationship has been altered to a greater or lesser degree.

Individual chapters present new ways of understanding international financial flows, U.S.-Japan trade relations, and U.S.-Japan manufacturing rivalry. Others present very cogent synthetic analyses of the changing context of U.S.-Japan relations. Together they provide an account of the bilateral, regional, and global institutions -- political, military, and financial -- that dominate the geopolitics of U.S.-Asia relations. Although written to a consistently high intellectual level, the chapters in this timely volume are intended for a nonspecialist audience and will be useful to practitioners in business and government, as well as to students and teachers.


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  1. Challenges to Bilateralism: Changing Foes, Capital Flows, and Complex Forms

    PART I
  2. America in East Asia: Power, Markets, and Grand Strategy
  3. U.S.-Japan Security Relations -- Toward Bilateralism Plus?
  4. Terms of Engagement: The U.S.-Japan Alliance and the Rise of China
  5. American and Japanese Strategies in Asia: Dealing with ASEAN

  6. Capital Flows and Financial Markets in Asia: National, Regional, or Global?
  7. When Strong Ties Fail: U.S.-Japanese Manufacturing Rivalry in Asia
  8. Japan's Counterweight Strategy: U.S.-Japan Cooperation and Competition in International Finance
  9. Japan and the Evolution of regional Financial Arrangements in East Asia

  10. At Play in the Legal Realm: The WTO and the Changing Nature of U.S.-Japan Antidumping Disputes
  11. Japan, the United States, and Multilateral Institution-Building in the Asia-Pacific: APEC and the ARF
  12. The United States and Japan in APEC's EVSL Negotiations: Regional Multilateralism and Trade
  13. Conclusion: Beyond Bilateralism -- Toward Divided Dependence


"This book provides one of the most detailed explanations of U.S.-Japan relations and clearly presents a new way of understanding U.S.-Japan trade and security relations. The contributors to this volume have done a first-rate job in accounting for the myriads of issues that dominate the geopolitics of U.S.-Japan relations."

--Asian Affairs


"Written at a highly intelligent level, this volume is, overall, one of the most solid and thorough studies of US-Japan relations in the new context in east Asia, with specific policy suggestions for the US."