Middle Powers in Asia Pacific Multilateralism

A Differential Framework

By Sarah Teo

Published

Dec 1, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529216479

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 1, 2022

Page count

200 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in East Asian International Relations

ISBN

978-1529216486

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Middle Powers in Asia Pacific Multilateralism

Drawing on insights from differentiation theory, this book examines the participation of middle powers in multilateralism.

Taking Australia, Indonesia and South Korea as examples, the book examines these countries’ roles in regional organizations, and particularly their creation of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and East Asia Summit. Through its analysis, the book argues that middle powers pursue a weakening of ‘stratificatory differentiation’, targeted in particular at major powers, and a strengthening of ‘functional differentiation’ in which middle powers can assume key roles.

The book sets out a valuable new framework to explain and understand the behaviour of middle powers in multilateralism.

Sarah Teo is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Regional Security Architecture Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

1. Introduction

2. The Study of Middle Powers and Their Behaviour

3. Towards a Differential Framework for Middle Power Behaviour

4. Formation of APEC

5. Shaping the EAS

6. The Differentiation of Middle Power Behaviour in Asia Pacific Multilateralism

7. Conclusion