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Political Science General

The Politics of the Asia-Pacific

Triumphs, Challenges, and Threats

edited by Mark S. Williams

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
General, General, Comparative Politics
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    Dec 2021
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The Asia-Pacific region is characterized not only by unprecedented economic growth, but also as being one of the last bastions of authoritarianism. As such, deep political tensions persist in the region, and many questions remain surrounding the uncertainty of the Asia-Pacific’s geopolitical future.


In The Politics of the Asia-Pacific, senior scholars, former diplomats, and emerging voices introduce readers to the complexities of the colonial history, economics, democratization, authoritarianism, governance, and security within the region. Written by a diverse group of contributors with unique expertise in the region, the book includes immersive active-learning sequences in the form of classroom simulations, including a Model United Nations emergency session involving North Korea, an ASEAN Summit, and a women’s movement conference. These exciting simulations are grounded in real-world descriptions of the politics of the region and encourage students to learn through role-playing, research, public-speaking, and diplomatic negotiations with peers.


Exploring the region’s rapid economic growth and the great deal of politics that remain unsettled, The Politics of the Asia-Pacific shows why an education in global politics for the twenty-first century is incomplete without a consideration of this dynamic region.

About the author

Mark S. Williams is Chair of Political Studies and Teaching Professor in Global Studies and Political Studies at Vancouver Island University.

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