This book explores non-traditional, 'critical' security issues in Northeast Asia. This exploration adopts an approach to critical security that emphasizes the play of identity and culture in the apprehension of insecurity understood primarily in existential terms. The study thus focuses upon the apprehension of insecurity derived from demographic pressures, resource limitations, ecological degradation, food politics, identificatory challenges, health threats, and political change. The study seeks to assess existing approaches to such threats and to propose alternatives that stress the importance of transnational co-operation as the principal means of tackling the complexity of contemporary societal insecurities in Northeast Asia.
Neil Renwick is Reader in International Relations and co-director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is the author of America's World Identity: The Politics of Exclusion, Identities in International Relations (co-editor with Jill Krause), Japan's Alliance Politics and Defence Production and several articles. His current research interests include identity politics, critical security in Northeast Asia, the impact of the Internet in Japan and Taiwan.