The Making of the Asia Pacific: Knowledge Brokers and the Politics of Representation is about the power of narratives in shaping the ‘world’ of the post-cold war Asia Pacific. Laden with economic, social and political meaning, policy and academic discourses authorize and provoke certain understandings about the region, while preventing counter-narratives from emerging. By no means free-floating, they are tied to the particular interests and ideologies of their narrators and users. This book critically examines the purposes, practices, power relations and protagonists behind policy networks such as the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. In decoding the conventional lore advanced by established international relations narratives on the Asia Pacific, The Making of the Asia Pacific points the way to a more democratic knowing, doing and being vis-à-vis the region.
Table of contents:
Introduction: From 'Pacific Asia' to 'Asia Pacific'
The Desire for Essence
Knowledge Networks as Agents of Representation
Representing the 'Asia Pacific'
Representing Sovereign States
Representing the 'In/Human' Faces of Asia Pacific Security
Representing the 'Authority' of Knowledge Networks
Conclusion: A Plea in Three Parts
See Seng Tan is associate professor, and deputy director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, and head of the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.