The purpose of the journal is to publish outstanding research in the field of East Asia’s international relations, economics and sociology with the goal of potentially contributing to community building in this region. Over the last several decades, the European Union has often been cited as a potential model for an East Asian community. Nevertheless, a series of new developments have encouraged many East Asian states to explore fresh ways of community building. These new developments include the rise of China as a new great power, the shifting state identity of Japan as a “normal state,” the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community, and even North Korea’s emergence as a nuclear weapons state, as well as the experiences of other regions, such as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
A “community” is an imagined unit of people, a human construct, and a way of organizing domestic, international and transnational societies. Communities constitute the fundamental unit of analyses in both humanities and social sciences. In this way, community building includes official region-making projects in East Asia, such as ASEAN Plus Three, as well as alternative, non-conventional initiatives that exist beyond national and regional boundaries.
Contributions to this journal will explore ways of studying and building both international and transnational communities in East Asia. In addition to providing insights into the multifaceted and multidisciplinary communities in today’s highly developed society, on both a regional and global level.
The key focus of the East Asian Community Review is the analysis of regional issues from the perspective of community building. Also of interest are projects such as the ASEAN-associated regional community-building initiatives, bilateral and multilateral FTAs, and other international and transnational societies in East Asia. In addition, the journal welcomes papers that deal with the range of challenges and obstacles preventing East Asia from forming a European Union-style community and explore the alternative paths it could take in the future. The East Asian Community Review will also examine the ways in which the region has been historically perceived as a hegemonic community, including examples like the Chinese World Order and the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere and the contemporary implications of these constructs. The journal is also open to articles that analyze military alliances and other forms of security communities, such as the emerging United States-Japan-South Korea “triangular alliance,” China’s various initiatives to expand its regional influences, or Japan’s initiative to build a network of democracies, comprising Australia, New Zealand, and India.