By: Steve Chan
East Asian Dynamism continues to offer a succinct account of Pacific regional political economy from the dawn of the modern world system to projections of alternative futures. Steve Chan is a master at demystifying the geography, history, and culture of the region while bringing to life the current policy choices and dilemmas facing its people and leaders. In this new edition, he broadens the geographical scope of the book to encompass more of Southeast Asia and Australia, with specific coverage of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia, and Singapore highlighted along the way. And now that peace has “broken out all over,” the focus shifts strongly to issues of growth, trade, and cultural interface as Pacific regional security becomes more and more a function of economic strength, regional cooperation, and global outreach.