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The Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) as a political foundation is working in the field of political education. Its goal is “to serve democracy, peace and development”. Therefore, one aspect of the project in the Republic of Korea is to transfer knowledge about the reunification in Germany to Koreans – particularly to those near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Moreover, as the HSF has offices not only in the Republic of Korea, but also in China, Indonesia and the Philippines, it shows particular interest in the development of East Asia and the economic integration in this region. Thus this website offers a newsboard, articles, book reviews and links to homepages concerning East Asia Integration Studies.

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Please download the list of books available for reviews.


CFP What is Asia? Moving boundaries and identities in contemporary Asia – you can find more information here

African-Asian Encounters (III) – Afrasian Transformations: Beyond Grand Narratives? – you can find more information here

CFP: East Asia as Method: Culture, Knowledge, Space at UC Berkeley – you can find more information here

Beyond the National: The Regional and Transnational Trajectories of Chinese Indonesians you can find more information here

International Trade, Capital Flows and Economic Development you can find more information here

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Security and International Relations 2016 – you can find more information here

NEW BOOK REVIEW: China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia: Hegemony or community?

Chinas Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia

 Author(s): Yong Wook Lee and Key-young Son (eds.)

Reviewer: Kristin Mulready-Stone

Since the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98, many multilateral organizations have developed in East Asia to confront economic and security challenges in the region. Some of these groups incorporate countries well outside the traditional, geographic definition of East Asia, such as Russia and the United States, whereas others explicitly exclude extra-regional powers. In the introduction to their edited volume, Lee and Son assume that “world politics cannot be properly understood without paying due attention to the emergence and development of regionalism,” defining regionalism as “a policy and project whereby states and non-state actors cooperate and coordinate strategy within a given region” (1). more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: The Sino-Russian Challenge to World Order: National Identities, Bilateral Relations, and East versus West in the 2010s

The Sino-Russian Challenge to the World Order

Author(s): Gilbert Rozman

Reviewer: Emilian Kavalski

While the end of the Cold War provided a major juncture in the study and practice of world affairs which seemed to affect all aspects and actors in international life, few have been as profoundly affected as Russia and China. As Gilbert Rozman indicates, both countries underwent “arguably, the most far reaching attempts ever made to alter national identity” (p. 2). On the one hand, for Moscow, the fall of the Berlin Wall ended its position as the hub of a global superpower reigning over the former Communist Bloc. Moreover, the “winds of change” that swept through Eastern Europe blew over the ideological bulwarks of the Soviet Union and crippled the ties that bound its constituent republics together. more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Asia Pacific Security

Asia Pacific Security

Author(s): Leszek Buszynski (ed.)

Reviewer: Eyal Ben-Ari

It has become a commonplace statement that much of our global future revolves around the major players that are active in the broad region called Asia. The sheer economic and political power concentrated in the region as well as its many potentially volatile trouble spots make it an area that is and will become even more of global significance. From the point of view of governments, international institutions (global and regional) and a variety of NGOs and NPOs future challenges center on how to manage the complex ties and tensions that characterize current-day Asia. It is against this background that the four volume series edited by Lezszek Buszynski (a professor at the Australian National University) should be seen. more…

NEW BOOK REVIEW: Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China’s International Politics since 1949

Foreign relations of the PRC

Author(s): Robert G. Sutter

Reviewer: Yang Wei

The rise of China as a major world power over the past two decades has posed to the academia the key question of how to evaluate its impact on the existing world order. Many scholars believe that the expanding Chinese economic, military, and political influence would inevitably entail a change in leadership in the Asia-Pacific region; this would eventually lead to a power shift in world affairs in the context of the decline of the United States and the rise of China. Sutter questions this assessment. The book investigates, in a chronological order, the impact, legacies, and constraints of the foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) since 1949. more…


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