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date: 14 May 2021

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The liberal view of international relations rests on three pillars: that national preferences matter as much as power; that cooperation is possible and institutions matter; and that economic interdependence mitigates conflict. In contrast to many liberal interpretations, this chapter argues that these lines of argument do not necessarily yield optimistic forecasts for the future of the Asia-Pacific. Preferences diverge across the region, institutions are relatively weak, and patterns of interdependence have generated competing spheres of influence.

Keywords: liberalism, realism, international institutions, interdependence, democracy

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