East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities by Alex J. BellamyEast Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities by Alex J. Bellamy

East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities

byAlex J. Bellamy

Hardcover | November 11, 2017

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East Asia, until recently a boiling pot of massacre and blood-letting, has achieved relative peace. A region that at the height of the Cold War had accounted for around eighty percent of the world's mass atrocities has experienced such a decline in violence that by 2015 it accounted for lessthan five percent. This book explains East Asia's "other" miracle and asks whether it is merely a temporary blip in the historical cycle or the dawning of a new, and more peaceful, era for the region. It argues that the decline of mass atrocities in East Asia resulted from four interconnected factors: theconsolidation of states and emergence of responsible sovereigns; the prioritization of economic development through trade; the development of norms and habits of multilateralism, and transformations in the practice of power politics. Particular attention is paid to North Korea and Myanmar, countrieswhose experience has bucked regional trends largely because these states have not succeeded in consolidating themselves to the point where they no longer depend on violence to survive. Although the region faces several significant future challenges, this book argues that the much reduced incidenceof mass atrocities in East Asia is likely to be sustained into the foreseeable future.
Alex J. Bellamy is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland, Australia. He is also Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute, New York and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He recently serve...
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Title:East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass AtrocitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:November 11, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198777930

ISBN - 13:9780198777939

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Cataclysms2. Decline3. State Consolidation4. The Developmental Trading State5. Habits of Multilateralism6. Power Politics7. The 'Impossible State': North Korea8. At the Crossroads: Myanmar9. Future Trajectories