Title Asia’s Regional Architecture
Subtitle Alliances and Institutions in the Pacific Century
Author Andrew Yeo
ISBN 9781503608443
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 264
Book size 127 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“This innovative and important book puts changes in Asia’s regional architecture into a broad historical and institutional perspective. In an era of unilateral transactional American diplomacy, Andrew Yeo reminds us of how and why the complex patchwork of past bilateral and multilateral security and economic arrangements will shape our and Asia’s future.”

Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies Cornell University


“Andrew Yeo has written an informed, nuanced, and vivid account of Asia’s regional architecture. His historical institutionalist framework captures well the richness and diversity of efforts at cooperation among regional actors. A welcome and significant contribution to the literature.”

Victor D. Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor and Chairholder, School of Foreign Service and Government Department, Georgetown University


“Andrew Yeo offers a rich account of how Asia’s security and economic architecture has evolved since 1945. Asia’s Regional Architecture convincingly explains stability and change, and the eclectic approach ties all the empirical evidence together.”

Ralf Emmers, Professor and Associate Dean at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University


During the Cold War, the U.S. built a series of alliances with Asian nations to erect a bulwark against the spread of communism and provide security to the region. Despite pressure to end bilateral alliances in the post-Cold War world, they persist to this day, even as new multilateral institutions have sprung up around them. The resulting architecture may aggravate rivalries as the U.S., China, and others compete for influence. However, Andrew Yeo demonstrates how Asia’s complex array of bilateral and multilateral agreements may ultimately bring greater stability and order to a region fraught with underlying tensions.

Asia’s Regional Architecture transcends traditional international relations models. It investigates change and continuity in Asia through the lens of historical institutionalism. Refuting claims regarding the demise of the liberal international order, Yeo reveals how overlapping institutions can promote regional governance and reduce uncertainty in a global context. In addition to considering established institutions such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, he discusses newer regional arrangements including the East Asia Summit, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Belt and Road Initiative. This book has important implications for how policymakers think about institutional design and regionalism in Asia and beyond.


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Chapter 1. Asia’s Regional Architecture: A Historical Institutional Perspective

Chapter 2. Bilateralism, Multilateralism, and the Making of an Alliance Consensus

Chapter 3. Change and Continuity: 1989–1997

Chapter 4. Rising Regionalism: 1998–2007

Chapter 5. Complex Patchwork: 2008–2017

Chapter 6. America First, China’s Rise, and Regional Order

Chapter 7. Conclusion: Theory, Policy, and the Relevance of Historical Institutionalism and Asia




About the Author:

Andrew Yeo is Associate Professor of Politics at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

Target Audience:

This book is a must-read for people interested in politics, security studies and international relations of Asian countries as well as with other part of the world. This book has important implications for how policymakers think about institutional design and regionalism in Asia and beyond.


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