A dangerous synergy: energy securitization, great power rivalry and strategic stability in the Asian century

Phillips, Andrew (2013) A dangerous synergy: energy securitization, great power rivalry and strategic stability in the Asian century. Pacific Review, 26 1: 17-38. doi:10.1080/09512748.2013.755362

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Author Phillips, Andrew
Title A dangerous synergy: energy securitization, great power rivalry and strategic stability in the Asian century
Journal name Pacific Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0951-2748
1470-1332
Publication date 2013-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09512748.2013.755362
Open Access Status
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 38
Total pages 22
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper analyzes the current and prospective implications of Asia's energy consumption revolution for regional stability. Adopting a comparative and historical approach, I argue that Japanese energy security anxieties worked to reinforce regional alignment patterns in East Asia for nearly two decades following the Shanghai communiqué, thereby strengthening regional stability. Conversely, the post-Cold War period has seen in China and India's rise the emergence of Asian energy super-consumers that are not formally aligned with the United States, but that are increasingly dependent on imported energy supplies to fuel their industrialization. This newfound dependence on energy imports has seen both countries follow Japan's longstanding example in securitizing energy as a policy issue. In the context of an already more contested Asia, this trend towards energy securitization has aggravated regional tensions and will continue to do so unless greater efforts are undertaken bilaterally, regionally and globally to foster more effective forms of energy cooperation.
Keyword Energy security
Great power rivalry
Securitization
Asia-Pacific security
Economic security
Northeast Asia
Cooperation
Security
China
Oil
Japan
Pacific
Policy
Responses
Trade
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Economics and Security in the Asia-Pacific.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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