Annual Report FY 2004 - Research at Cornell

21. Jae-Jung Suh, Peter J. Katzenstein, and Allen R. Carlson, Government

Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power, and Efficiency (Stanford University Press, 2004). These scholars put their complementary wisdom and expertise in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese security affairs together to make a case for a new theoretical approach to the study of Asian security. They call it “analytical eclecticism.” Throughout the 1990s, conventional wisdom among U.S. scholars of international relations held that institutionalized cooperation in Europe fosters peace, while its absence from East Asia portends conflict. Developments in Europe and Asia in the 1990s contradict the conventional wisdom without discrediting it. Explanations that derive from only one paradigm or research program have shortcomings beyond their inability to recognize important empirical anomalies. International relations research is better served by combining explanatory approaches from different research traditions. Within this framework, the authors explore the prospects for peace in East Asia and the potentially destabilizing political developments.

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