Charles MORRISON (East-West Center, University of Hawaii), Globalization, Terrorism and the Future of East-West Studies, English/20 pages, April 2003.
The Asia Pacific region has significantly changed in the past five years, with both economic and physical security issues coming to the fore. These changes make international cooperation more important, but international cooperation requires strong and effective nation-states as the basic building blocks of the global order. Some Asia and Pacific nations are firmly established as nations, but others still lack a strong sense of national identity. Virtually all the states in Asia are relative new, having been created in the past 5 to 6 decades, and many basic constitutional and institutional issues have not been fully resolved. Globalization further challenges Asia's evolving nation-states. The terrorist threat has added to insecurity in the region. Several root causes of terrorism can be identified, and there are a number of other aggravating factors. In seeking to address problems relating to international cooperation, weak nation-states, globalization and terrorism, East-West studies become even more relevant and problem- and policy-oriented.