The Bush Doctrine and Asian regional order: The perils and pitfalls of preemption

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This chapter offers a critical perspective on the Bush Doctrine's impact on the Asian, especially Southeast Asian, security order. It proceeds in five parts. The first examines the problematic nature of the Bush Doctrine, such as its deliberate conflation of preemptive and preventive war and its expansive scope as a "grand strategy of transformation." This is followed by an analysis of the responses of Southeast Asian states to the doctrine. The third part looks at the "imitation" effects of the Bush Doctrine in Asia-Pacific, where it may be reshaping national security strategies of some states such as Australia and Japan. Next comes consideration of the consequences of the war in Iraq. The last part of the chapter evaluates how the Bush Doctrine, with its underlying basis in US power dominance in a unipolar global setting, affects the Asian security architecture, particularly the balance between bilateral and multilateral security approaches to regional order.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConfronting the Bush Doctrine
Subtitle of host publicationCritical views from the Asia-Pacific
PublisherRoutledge Curzon Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)0203001648, 9780203001646
StatePublished - 28 Oct 2004


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