Miles Kahler Essay Included in Collection on Economics and Security in East Asia
East Asia's long peace tested by fresh economic and political strains
East Asia has been at peace for over three decades. This remarkable achievement has generated many explanations, from the dominant peacekeeping role of the US, for two decades the world's sole superpower, to the pacifying effects of the region's rapid economic growth in the 1980s and onward.
Advocates of economic pacifism, however, have plenty of critics who suggest that this is but a brief interregnum from the normal interstate rivalry, and that "Asia's future may well be Europe's bloody past." They often highlight the economic interdependence of Europe before World War I as a cautionary example.
The essays in the new collection, The Nexus of Economics, Security, and International Relations in East Asia, tackle these problems, focusing in particular on the role of both China and the US.
Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at IR/PS and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego. His principal areas of research are international relations and international political economy, particularly international institutions and global governance, Asian regional institutions, the evolution of the nation-state, and the political economy of international finance.