The world is in crisis. The Covid pandemic and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war signify a potential order transition in the international system. The Indo Pacific is at the center of gravity of great power competition between the US and China. How have policy elites in the region perceived the potential order transition against the background of US-China strategic competition? How have states, including both great and secondary powers, chosen different strategies to cope with security and economic turbulence in the Indo Pacific? This special issue intends to shed some light on these questions by critically examining the diverse perceptions and policy choices of the United States, China, South Korea, India, Japan, Indonesia, and the UK during the period of potential order transition in the Indo Pacific. It provides an academic platform for scholars to engage in this ‘order transition’ topic from different theoretical perspectives as well as from respective national angles in the Indo Pacific. It suggests that the complexity of the international order itself has made the ‘order transition’ more complicated and difficult than before. It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, and it is the most challenging time for state leaders and scholars alike.
Kai He and Huiyun Feng (2023), “Navigating International Order Transition in the Indo-Pacific”
Kai He and Huiyun Feng (2023), “International Order Transition and US-China Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific”
Zack Cooper and Emily Young Carr (2023), “US Perspectives on the Power Shift in the Indo-Pacific”
Hiro Katsumata and Daiki Shibuichi (2023), “Japan in the Indo-Pacific: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy”
Dewi Fortuna Anwar (2023), “Indonesia’s Hedging plus Policy in the Face of China’s Rise and the US-China Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Region”
Kate Sullivan de Estrada (2023), “India and Order Transition in the Indo-Pacific: Resisting the Quad as a Security Community”
Shaun Breslin and Peter Burnham (2023), “International Order Transition and the UK’s Tilt to the Indo-Pacific“