Columbia International Affairs Online: Books

CIAO DATE: 02/2008

An East Asian Community and the United States

Ralph A. Cossa, Akihiko Tanaka

December 2007

Center for Strategic and International Studies


Seven prominent scholars clarify the roots, background, and theoretical framework of the emerging East Asian community and provide a policy perspective on how the United States should participate in that framework—taking the intents and strategies of Asian countries into particular consideration. The complex issues involved include balancing national interests with global concerns, problems of political reconciliation, and relationships with the region's other multilateral organizations and initiatives.

The volume is the result of a three-year research project undertaken by the Council on East Asian Community and supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. The contributing authors offer analyses of the relations between a future East Asian community and the United States and suggest how the East Asian region should cooperate with the United States to achieve ongoing peace, prosperity, and progress in the region.

Ralph A. Cossa is president of Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu. Akihiko Tanaka is professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo.