East Asia in the World: Twelve Events that Shaped the Modern International Order. Edited by Stephan Haggard and David C. Kang.


Cambridge University Press, 2020

This innovative volume provides an introduction to twelve seminal events in the international relations of East Asia prior to 1900: twelve events that everyone interested in the history of world politics should know. The East Asian historical experience provides a wealth of new and different cases, patterns, and findings that will expand horizons from the Western, Eurocentric experience. Written by an international team of historians and political scientists, these essays draw attention to the China-centered East Asian order – with its long history of dominance – and what this order might tell us about the current epoch.

American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century. Written by David C. Kang.


Cambridge University Press, 2017

China has rapidly and peacefully resumed a central place in Asia. The region is richer and more stable than ever before. East Asian countries are using diplomatic and economic means in their relations with each other. American policies should work with, not against, these trends by emphasizing diplomacy and reducing the burden on America’s military.

“Nuclear Ambition and Tension on the Korean Peninsula.” In Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age. Written by John Park.


National Bureau of Asian Research, 2013

With origins dating back to the late 1960s, North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has evolved to be a multipurpose instrument of the regime’s security strategy. The regime’s goals include deterring adversaries with its nuclear arsenal, generating revenue from nuclear commerce, and creating a North Korean version of President Dwight Eisenhower’s New Look policy. In particular, given internal constraints related to a domestic economy that lacks basic infrastructure, the regime appears to be improving its nuclear arsenal as one means to compensate for a rapidly deteriorating conventional military. If North Korea stays on this course, then it will likely conduct more nuclear tests to miniaturize a warhead design, as well as launch more ballistic missiles to increase range and payload, with grave regional and global consequences.

“Assessing the Role of Security Assurances in Dealing with North Korea.” In Security Assurances and Nuclear Nonproliferation. Written by John Park.


Stanford Security Studies, 2012

This chapter examines the relationship between security assurances and North Korean nuclear decision-making by focusing on four key areas: key geopolitical shocks that had a major impact on the North Korean regime; main sources of security assurances for North Korea over its history; this volume’s hypotheses on security assurances based on how North Korea reacted to geopolitical shocks; and conditions under which security assurances may be most effective in dealing with North Korea in the future.

East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute. Written by David C. Kang.


Columbia University Press, 2010

Over the centuries, China has maintained a long-lasting relationship with its principle neighbors, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. Focusing on the role of the “tribute system” in maintaining stability in East Asia and in fostering diplomatic and commercial exchange, Dr. Kang contrasts this history against the example of Europe and the East Asian states’ skirmishes with nomadic peoples to the north and west. Although China has been the unquestioned hegemon in the region, with other political units always considered secondary, the tributary order entailed military, cultural, and economic dimensions that afforded its participants immense latitude.

China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia. Written by David C. Kang.

Columbia University Press, October, 2007

China has rapidly emerged as a major regional power. Foreign businesses have flocked to invest in China, and Chinese exports have begun to flood the world. China is modernizing its military, has joined numerous regional and international institutions, and plays an increasingly visible role in international politics. In response to this growth, other states in East Asia have moved to strengthen their military, economic, and diplomatic relations with China. Rising powers present opportunities as well as threats, and the economic benefits and military threat China poses for its regional neighbors are both potentially huge; however, East Asian states see substantially more advantage than danger in China’s rise, making the region more stable, not less.

Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies. Written by Victor D. Cha and David C. Kang.


Columbia University Press, 2003

The issue that focuses on Pyongyang government’s violation of nuclear nonproliferation agreements, has remained mired in political punditry. This book offers a reasoned, rational, and logical debate on the nature of the North Korean regime. Coming to the issues from different perspectives; Kang believes the threat posed by Pyongyang has been inflated and endorses a more open approach, while Cha is more skeptical and advocates harsher measures; the authors together have written an essential work of clear-eyed reflection and authoritative analysis. They refute a number of misconceptions and challenge much faulty thinking that surrounds the discussion of North Korea, particularly the idea that North Korea is an irrational nation. Cha and Kang contend that however provocative, even deplorable, the Pyongyang government’s behavior may at times be, it is not incomprehensible or incoherent.

Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines. Written by David C. Kang.


Cambridge University Press, 2002

Why has the literature on Asian development not addressed the issue of money politics in Korea? How can we reconcile the view of an efficient developmental state in Korea before 1997 with reports of massive corruption and inefficiency in that same country in 1998 and 1999? Politics is central to the answer. This study argues that both Korea and the Philippines experienced significant corruption throughout the post-independence era, and that political, not economic considerations dominated policy making in both countries.