Arguing that security relations between China and Southeast Asia are profoundly affected by disputes over maritime space and territory in the South China Sea, the author demonstrates that the primacy of strategic competition over strategic partnerships promotes the emergence of a structure of deterrence, encouraging South East Asia to side with the United States to balance the military power of China. Combining the concepts of international disputes and order, the book establishes a framework designed to focus on periods of transition where international regulatory mechanisms are out of step with developments in the security environments of states. Features include: - Substantial evidence that strategic competition between the United States, China and South East Asia promotes stability. - A comprehensive account of military, diplomatic, economic, historical and legal aspects of security environments of states. Suitable for scholars and graduate students of international relations, international law, security studies, conflict management and regionalism, it will also be invaluable supplementary reading for undergraduate courses.
Table of Contents
Contents: Maritime security between China and Southeast Asia; The English school and the study of order; The Spratly dispute: from non-essential to essential; A governance structure for the South China Sea; An organizational network for the South China Sea; A code of conduct for the South China Sea; A regional order in the making; Bibliography; Index.
’Odgaard has produced an elegant analysis of the South China Sea disputes which goes beyond mainstream views which focus on conflict and war. Her critical use of the English School together with her unique fieldwork experience in the South China Sea workshops persuasively shows how the disputes are not just a problem, but an opportunity for crafting a new form of regional order in East Asia. This impressive work thus pushes the boundaries of both international theory and East Asian international relations; it will be valuable for both teaching and research.’ Dr William A. Callahan, University of Durham, UK '...comprehensive and well researched and argued, and will be of interest to analysts concerned with Asia-Pacific security in general and the South China Sea disputes in particular...a valuable contribution to the field and is worth a careful read.' The China Journal