By Min Gyo Koo
This booklet explores the 3 such a lot widespread island disputes in East Asia: the Dokdo/Takeshima, the Senkaku/Diaoyu, and the Paracel and Spratly disputes. those island disputes truly illustrate the confusing development of continuity and mutual restraint in East Asia’s territorial conflicts. In facing sovereignty concerns, East Asian international locations have engaged in diverse styles of diplomatic and army behaviors. on occasion, you will see that examples of the competitive use of army strength and intransigent bargaining innovations, whereas in others army inactivity and accommodative international relations are both glaring. whilst and why do disputants pursue conflictual rules? Conversely, why do they at different occasions search the containment, if now not the solution, of territorial disputes by means of shelving thorny sovereignty issues?
This ebook makes use of a territorial bargaining online game framework to investigate quite a few levels of dispute initiation, escalation, and de-escalation in a constant and systematic demeanour. It starts off from an assumption that territory consists of combined purpose video games, that are characterised as having components of partnership, festival, and clash. in step with traditional knowledge, this booklet unearths that the combo of source festival, fluid geopolitics, and volatile household energy dynamics has frequently led to the initiation and escalation of the 3 island disputes. extra importantly, this ebook discovers that the pacific effect of monetary interdependence has many times avoided the sovereignty disputes from escalating right into a full-scale diplomatic and/or army crisis