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date: 16 May 2021

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The two international outcomes most in need of explanation in post–Cold War Asia are the region’s relative stability and economic dynamism. This chapter contrasts the explanations provided by international structure to those provided by foreign policy analysis (FPA). Although less parsimonious than international structural explanations, FPA approaches are capable of addressing the anomalies (such as the absence of power balancing against the hegemon) encountered, but left unresolved, by international structural arguments. The chapter examines four key FPA variables—threat perception, national identity, ideology, and leadership—and shows how they can account for the region’s relative stability and economic dynamism.

Keywords: foreign policy analysis, FPA, international structural explanations, relative stability, economic dynamism, threat perception, national identity, ideology, leadership

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