Intensive Eurasian diplomacy has become central for Asian leaders recently, including Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye, and Manmohan Singh. This reflects a fundamental transformation of regional security and economic affairs now underway, far transcending the rise of China and even the downsizing of American military presence, in the wake of the Iraq and Afghan conflicts.
As Kent Calder points out in The New Continentalism, Northeast Asia, the Middle East, and nations in-between are growing much more interdependent than ever before in modern history, driven by economic growth and intensified energy interdependence, even as the shale gas revolution and fiscal constraints constrain American Eurasian involvement.
Although Japan itself may be a maritime nation, the historic changes underway on the Eurasian continent, fueled by China’s modernizations, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the Iranian revolution, are fueling a volatile yet dynamic new continental interdependence.
Calder argues that this is a deepening phenomenon that neither Japan nor its neighbors can ignore. It is creating new economic opportunities and re-configuring territorial conflicts across the region, in ways still poorly understood in the broader world.
Now Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, he is former professor for 20 years at Princeton University and received Ph.D.in government, Harvard University.
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