'Excellent... well written and very up to date. This is a fine book for easily coming to grips with the history, politics, economics, and current international problems of East and South East Asia.'?Ronald J. Hrebenar, University of UtahIn this thorough, analytical introduction to Asia Pacific's dynamic role in contemporary world politics, Derek McDougall focuses on the region's major state actors?China, Japan, and the US'as well as on the conflicts involving Taiwan and Korea, developments in Southeast Asia, and the influences of Russia, Australia, and a range of international organizations.McDougall covers a broad canvas, considering issues of security broadly defined, international political economy, human rights, development, health, drug trafficking, crime, refugees, and the environment. Following the model of his earlier The International Politics of the New Asia Pacific, he provides an accessible, timely assessment of the key elements in the international politics of the Asia Pacific region today.Derek McDougall is senior lecturer in politics at the University of Melbourne. His numerous publications include Studies in International Relations and Historical Dictionary of International Organizations in Asia and the Pacific. Contents: Understanding Asia Pacific International Politics. The Major Powers in the Region. The United States. China. Japan. The Japanese-US Relationship. The Sino-US Relationship. The Sino-Japanese Relationship. Conflicts in Northeast Asia. Taiwan. Korea. Changing Dynamics in Southeast Asia. International Politics in Southeast Asia. Indonesia. Other Key Regional Actors. Russia and Australia. International Organizations. Conclusion. Emerging Themes.McDougall, Derek is the author of 'Asia Pacific in World Politics', published 2006 under ISBN 9781588261700 and ISBN 1588261700.