Dr. Van Jackson recently wrote about the changing Asian security landscape for “The ASAN Forum.”  Entitled “Asian Security after US Hegemony: Spheres of Influence and the Third Wave of Regional Order,” Jackson writes that the region is in flux due to low trust thanks to a myriad of territorial and strategic disputes.  In his article, he discusses arguments in response to the “next wave of order” problem now facing Asia.

According to Jackson: “First, modern Asia has experienced what are popularly recognized as two major epochs or ‘waves’ that broadly defined how regional relations were ordered—Cold War bipolarity and post-Cold War American liberal hegemony. Second, contemporary trends suggest the second wave (US hegemonic order) will be difficult to sustain. The third argument is that the concept of spheres of influence represents the most promising source of a third wave of regional security order because of its congruence with emerging circumstances; in some ways it is already imposing itself on Asian international relations.”

You can read the full article online at: http://www.theasanforum.org/asian-security-after-us-hegemony-spheres-of-influence-and-the-third-wave-of-regional-order/

Dr. Van Jackson is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The views expressed are his own.