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Palgrave Macmillan

Asia-Pacific Nations in International Peace Support and Stability Missions

ISBN 9781137366948
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Asia Today

The eastward shift of political and economic power has been accompanied by increasing interest and participation in international peace support and stability missions by Asia-Pacific countries. From rising giants such as China and Indonesia to newer contributors such as Cambodia and the tiny city-state of Singapore, this book provides a first-ever cross-regional comparison of the capabilities of Asia-Pacific countries to contribute to peace support missions, with an eye to identifying strengths, weaknesses, emerging trends and policy implications.

Chiyuki Aoi, Ph.D is Professor of International Politics at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan. Aoi was educated at Sophia University (BA), the University of Tokyo, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), and Columbia University (PhD). From 2008-09, she was Visiting Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Her research interest is military operations and counterinsurgency, stabilisation and civil-military relations in peace operations. She is the author of Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force: Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era, (2011), and co-editor of Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations University Press (2007). She has also published in journals such as Journal of International Peacekeeping, RUSI Journal, and Gunjishi-Gaku (Journal of Military History).

Yee-Kuang Heng is Associate Professor of International Relations and Assistant Dean (Research) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He received his B.Sc. (First Class Honours) and PhD degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His main research interests are strategic studies and the security implications of globalisation. Heng has held faculty positions at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and the University of St Andrews, UK. He is the author of War as Risk Management: Strategy and Conflict in an Age of Globalised Risks, (2006); and co-author of Risk, Global Governance and Security: the Other War on Terror (2009). He has also published in journals such as International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Review of International Studies, Survival, and Contemporary Security Policy.

1. Introduction; Prof. Chiyuki Aoi and Assoc Prof. Heng
2. Australia; Prof. Alex Bellamy
3. Japan; Prof. Chiyuki Aoi
4. South Korea; Mr. Ian Bowers
5. China; Dr. Marc Lanteigne
6. Singapore Assoc; Prof. Yee-Kuang Heng and Asst Prof. Weichong Ong
7. Malaysia; Prof. Kamarulnizam Abdullah
8. Indonesia; Prof. Dewi Fortuna Anwar
9. Vietnam; Emeritus Prof. Carl Thayer
10. Analyzing Trends and Future Directions; Aoi and Heng


"As political and economic power pivots to the east, countries in the region will be expected to play a more prominent role in managing global peace & security. However, our knowledge of the capabilities, constrains and policies of these countries are limited. This book is thus both timely and relevant, as it offers a cross-regional comparison of the peace operations capabilities of selected countries in the Asia-Pacific region. I would highly recommend it to all scholars and policy makers interested in the trends and future prospects of peace and stability operations."– Cedric de Coning, Head, Peace Operations Research Group, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)
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