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Konflikten om Diaoyu/Senkaku-øgruppen og den amerikanske verdensorden

Student thesis: Master programme thesis

  • Peter Richard Sønderkjøge-Hansen
Stabskursus, Joint Senior Staff Course
This thesis examines the influence of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute on the American-led liberal international order. It gains insight on how the dispute effects the relation between Japan and the USA by an analysis of two key variables: institutions, which explores the effects on the mutual commitments and restraints within the alliance between the two states; and identity, which examines their support for Western democratic values, and the consequences of nationalism.
The thesis argues that the dispute strengthens the relation between Japan and the USA as both states reinforce their contributions to the alliance and agrees of an adjustment of the restraint on Japan in light of the dispute and the overall strategic context. Furthermore both states continue to emphasize a solution to the dispute through dialogue and cooperation and confirm their support for the common values. The influence of Japanese nationalism continues however to be a source of disagreement between the two states and a challenge to the relation accordingly. On the basis of this strengthened relation the present structure and leadership of the liberal international order in East Asia are reinforced.
Publication date2 May 2014
Publishing institutionForsvarsakademiet
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