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Security in Asia Pacific: The Dynamics of Alignment

Thomas S. Wilkins
Security in Asia Pacific: The Dynamics of Alignment
ISBN: 978-1-62637-745-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-792-9
2019/251 pages/LC: 2018042721
"An important book for reunderstanding security alignment in the region as well as the potential of deploying alignment concepts in contemporary security analyses." —Misato Matsuoka, Pacific Affairs


The complex security dynamics of the pivotal Asia Pacific region, involving disparate and contentious power blocs, clearly have implications far beyond the region itself. Thomas Wilkins sheds new light on those dynamics, providing a rich framework for better understanding the nature of security alignments in Asia Pacific, as well as a reexamination of the dominant forces at play: the US alliance system, ASEAN, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.


Thomas S. Wilkins is senior lecturer in international security at the University of Sydney.


  • Security Alignment in Asia Pacific: A New Approach.
  • Alliances (Redux).
  • The Trilateral Security Dialogue.
  • Security Communities.
  • The ASEAN Security Community.
  • Strategic Partnerships.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • Rethinking Alignment.