Studies in Asian Security

The Studies in Asian Security book series, published by Stanford University Press and sponsored by the East-West Center through spring 2011, promotes analysis, understanding, and explanation of the dynamics of domestic, transnational, and international security challenges in Asia. The peer-reviewed publications in the Series analyze contemporary security issues and problems to clarify debates in the scholarly community, provide new insights and perspectives, and identify new research and policy directions. Security is defined broadly to include the traditional political and military dimensions as well as nontraditional dimensions that affect the survival and well being of political communities. Asia, too, is defined broadly to include Northeast, Southeast, South, and Central Asia.


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Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism?
by Paul Midford

"Paul Midford has written a ground breaking study that provides vital perspective on a much neglected dimension of Japanese foreign and security policy making. At a time when confusion abounds over the long-term orientation of Japanese policy, Midford's study provides valuable insight on the underlying structures that set the parameters for decision makers in Tokyo. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in Japan, the international relations of East Asia, and US policy in the region."

--Thomas U. Berger, Department of International Relations, Boston University


The Making of Northeast Asia
by Kent Calder and Min Ye

"The Making of Northeast Asia, makes an important contribution to the literature on East Asian security, and its arguments will challenge and provoke available institutionalist and constructivist scholarship on Asian regionalism. It is going to be widely read and debated."

--Amitav Acharya, Professor International Relations, American University, Washington, D.C.


Islam and Nation: Separatist Rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia
by Edward Aspinall

"This book tells the story of Aceh's armed nationalist movement with unprecedented authority, thoroughness and clarity. It will be the standard account of the Aceh rebellion for a long time to come. Those seeking explanations about why nationalisms form, why rebellions start, and why they often end short of their goal, will find Islam and Nationa reliable guide."

--Anthony Reid, National University of Singapore

"This is a rich, insightful, beautifully crafted work that explains a nationalist movement through the individuals who created and sustained it even as it challenges conventional wisdom on identity formation and Islam. It manages to be at once persuasive political theory and compelling narrative."

--Sidney Jones, International Crisis Group, Jakarta

"Islam and Nationmakes a persuasive argument about constructed nationalism and the path-dependent way a secessionist movement evolves. Aspinall weaves together well his high-quality research findings of the Aceh case with comparative social science literatures. He also writes well--what a relief to read a lucid scholarly book! The overall result is a model of how in-depth research can inform, and be informed by, social science debates in a cogent, intelligible form."

--Benedict Kerkvliet, Australian National University

"This is the definitive book on the separatist conflict that raged in Indonesia's western-most province from 1976 to 2005. Aspinall's expertise makes for a rich account of this heroic yet tragic episode of Indonesian history. By placing various generations of resisters in their social context, Islam and Nation goes beyond simplistic generalizations about 'the Acehnese' and presents a study that has big implications for the entire debate about nationalism."

--Gerry van Klinken, The KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Political Conflict and Economic Interdependence Across the Taiwan Strait and Beyond
by Scott L. Kastner

"This is first rate political science, presenting a very well formulated and interesting research question--does economic interdependence mitigate inter-state conflict, particularly for the Taiwan-mainland relationship. There is no book like it on the market, and its ability to summarize Cross-Straits ties and put them within a theoretical and analytical framework is terrific."

--David Zweig, Chair Professor, Division of Social Sciences, and Director, Center on China's Transnational Relations, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"This important book provides an innovative analysis of relations across the Taiwan Strait and, more generally, enhances our theoretical understanding of the political economy of national security in an era of globalization."

--Thomas Christensen, Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program, Princeton University

(Re)Negotiating East and Southeast Asia: Region, Regionalism, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
by Alice D. Ba

"In this stimulating work, Ba provides a new interpretation that fills important gaps in our understanding of ASEAN. Her theoretical categories and empirical analysis allow her to come closer than most in capturing the spoken and unspoken rationales behind ASEANs actions and policies--and in ways that the policymakers of the region will recognize and applaud. A must-read for all those who want to come to grips with the regional architecture of East and Southeast Asia."

--Yuen Foong Khong, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University


Normalizing Japan: Politics, Identity, and the Evolution of Security Practice
by Andrew L. Oros

"This thoughtful, carefully argued study challenges the many Chicken Littles who warn that Japan is ready to break free of its post-war constraints."

--Leonard Schoppa, University of Virginia

"Andrew Oros has written an important book on one of the seminal questions in East Asian affairs. Normalizing Japan marshals impressive evidence to make careful and thoughtful arguments about the role of identity and history in Japanese national security decision making."

--G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University


Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China’s Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004
by Evan S. Medeiros

Why Taiwan? Geostrategic Rationales for China’s Territorial Integrity


"Wachman's exemplary narrative demonstrates Taiwan's increasing geostrategic importance to Chinese regimes. This book will change the way Chinese strategy is viewed and will do much to integrate studies of the China-Taiwan contest with broader questions of Chinese military-political strategy in East Asia."

--William C. Kirby, Harvard University

"The cleverness of this highly readable and convincingly argued volume is its simplicity. It is as if Wachman is intent on stripping away some of the more cumbersome theorizing and returning to some basics of international relations... Placing into historical context contemporary Chinese thinking on sea power, expansionist aims and the centrality of Taiwan to these ambitions [Why Taiwan] is highly instructive and presents some ominous implications for those interested in peace in the Taiwan Strait... This volume offers a thought-provoking contribution to the study of the direction of China's ambitions and the attendant dangers for Taiwan."

--Taiwan Review

Beyond Compliance: China, International Organizations, and Global Security
by Ann Kent

"Kent has written a superb historical chronology of China's increasing entanglement with international organizations. Beyond Compliance will be an invaluable resource for Asian security specialists and students of Chinese foreign policy."

--Jeffrey T. Checkel, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo

"Kent looks at the role international organizations, treaties, and the interdependent world system have played in China's growing compliance... Kent's case studies are insightful, comprehensive, and invaluable in understanding China's behavior in multilateral organizations. Highly recommended."


Dangerous Deterrent: Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Conflict in South Asia
by S. Paul Kapur

"This book represents a landmark in South Asian security studies. It carefully blends significant empirical research with deft theoretical analysis."

--Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University

"This is an important book, containing valuable analysis about the effects of nuclear weapons on security in South Asia and broader insights about the potential effects of nuclear proliferation elsewhere around the globe."

--Scott Sagan, Stanford University

"[T]his bookoffers a succinct and theoretically and empirically sophisticated treatment of the dangers of proliferation in South Asia[I]t is a major advance over many competing works."

--T.V. Paul, McGill University

"Scholars often assume that after decades of intense study during the Cold War, the political effects of nuclear weapons are well understood. The innovative arguments in Kapur's Dangerous Deterrent, which explores the consequences of India's and Pakistan's acquisition of nuclear weapons on conventional conflict between them, suggest that much room remains for insightful scholarship."

--Political Science Quarterly