East Asia Community-Building: Time for the United States to Get on Board
Ralph A. Cossa
US views toward ongoing efforts to develop a future institutional architecture for Asia are still evolving and will be determined, in the final analysis, by the outcome of several simultaneous debates ongoing both in the United States and in East Asia. One is the debate between Asia-Pacific versus East Asia regionalism and how (or if) the two can coexist. Another is the future role of Washington’s traditional alliance-oriented strategy in Asia and how this coincides or conflicts with East Asia multilateralism. The third is the debate over institutionalized versus ad hoc multilateralism that is currently playing itself out both globally and within Asia. In the author's discussion of many of the key questions surrounding this issue, he develops "at least a tentative outline of Washington's preferred future institutional architecture for East Asia."

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