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78 China Review International: Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1998 Michael E. Brown, Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller, editors. East Asian Security. An International Security Reader. Cambridge (Massachusetts ) and London: MIT Press, 1996. xxiv, 351 pp. Paperback $18.00, isbn 0-262-52220-9. The eleven chapters in this reader were taken from volumes 17-20 (1993-1996) of the quarterly journal International Security, sponsored and edited by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and published by MIT Press Journals. The reader is one of a series produced by International Security, and a timely edition that should find its way to university bookstores for a range of classes on international relations. Its purpose is to examine the changing strategic circumstances of East Asia in the post-Cold War period, with its primary focus on the role of China and a secondary focus on Japan, and it makes a valuable contribution to the continuing debate over these issues. The book is divided into three sections. The first—with essays contributed by Aaron Friedberg, Richard Betts, and Desmond Ball—considers strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific region after the Cold War. The second section examines the implications of the rise of China for East Asian security, with contributions from Denny Roy, Michael Gallagher, Gerald Segal, Alastair Johnston, and Banning Garrett and Bonnie Glaser. The final section—with chapters by Peter Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara, Thomas Berger, and Saburo Ienaga—examines the future role ofJapan in East Asian security. This is a useful collection of essays with few weaknesses. The scholarship is outstanding and the contributors well known and respected in their fields. One of the main strengths of the book is the consistent organization of most chapters, which makes the various arguments clear and straightforward. Another strength is the extensive citation, which, while somewhat disrupting to the casual reader, provides a bibliographic bonanza for students delving into the complexities of East Asian security. Yet another strength is the wide use of alternative theories of international relations to analyze specific issues in East Asian security. All of these strengths recommend this series from International Security to university audiences. A few weaknesses can be noted. First, as pointed out by die editors themselves , many East Asian security issues are not addressed in sufficient detail. These include the Korean peninsula, the future role of the United States, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation process,© 1998 by University emerging security consultations such as the ASEAN Regional Forum, and the Taiwan issue. Second, while the book is fairly well balanced in terms of theoretical and empirical scholarship, it is rather light in terms ofpolicy recommendations. AlofHawai 'i Press Reviews 79 though those concerned with public policy can find useful insight in the some of the discussions, particularly those addressing determinants ofChinese and Japanese security policy, EastAsian Securityis clearly more analytical in tone than policy-oriented. Third, the final essay (a translation ofa Japanese article on "The Glorification ofWar in Japanese Education" by Saburo Ienaga) seemed a little out ofsync with the rest ofthe book. Perhaps it should have been inserted earlier in the text where its uniqueness would not be so noticeable. This chapter also (in my copy) is missing two pages (pp. 348 and 350) with accompanying footnotes (numbers 47, 48, 49, 50, and 55). Overall, this is an excellent book: thoughtful, conveniendy organized, and containing diverse but well-argued perspectives from several highly respected scholars. It is intended to be simply a reader—a collection ofessays—but there is sufficient focus on many ofthe key issues ofEast Asian security to provide a sense of cohesion. Because ofits balanced and clear presentations, the book is both informative and a pleasure to read. It can be highly recommended to East Asian specialists as well as to undergraduate and graduate students in the fields ofinternational relations and national security studies. Martin L. Lasater The Adantic Council of the United States, Washington, D.C. Martin Lasater is a seniorfellow specializing in Sino-American relations and U.S. strategy andpolicy toward the Asia-Pacific region. mi James Cahül. The Lyric Journey: Poetic Painting in China and Japan...


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