Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Asia Europe Journal. The failure of regionalism in Central Asia is a puzzle. Whereas almost all world regions have seen a rise of regional organisations since the end of the Cold War, attempts to establish durable regional cooperation among Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan proofed unsuccessful.
Do regional hegemons use their power in regional organizations to advance foreign policy objectives? The authors investigate whether Japan leverages its privileged position at the Asian Development Bank adb to facilitate project loans for the elected Asian members of the United Nations Security Council UNSC , a platform from which it seeks to shape global affairs. Analyzing panel data of adb loan disbursements to twenty-four developing member-countries from to , the authors find that temporary UNSC membership increases adb loans, particularly during the post— period, when Japan asserted greater influence in multilateral organizations. They estimate an average increase of over 30 percent. Acting through this regional organization enables Japan to reconcile a low-key approach to foreign affairs with the contradictory goal of global activism—leading without appearing unilateralist. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Funding pours in as US allies seek to counter Belt and Road. One is labeled the Cambodia-Japanese friendship bridge; the other is the Cambodia-China friendship bridge. Sitting almost side by side, the bridges are an unintended reflection of the rivalry between Japan and China, in Cambodia and across much of the surrounding Mekong region, where the two countries are the largest donors and investors. Japan's bridge -- built in the early s, when the country was just starting its postwar boom -- recently reopened after nearly two years of renovation.
India has enjoyed substantial regional influence across South Asia due to its size, comparative economic might, and historical and cultural relevance to the region. But over the past decade, China has become a significant economic partner to countries throughout the region, forging particularly strong ties with smaller states through trade, diplomacy, aid, and investment. Yet this is not a simple story of regional displacement.