The other Asian miracle? The decline of mass atrocities in East Asia

Bellamy, Alex J. (2014) The other Asian miracle? The decline of mass atrocities in East Asia. Global Change, Peace and Security, 26 1: 1-19. doi:10.1080/14781158.2014.865600

Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Title The other Asian miracle? The decline of mass atrocities in East Asia
Journal name Global Change, Peace and Security   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-1158
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14781158.2014.865600
Open Access Status
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
East Asia has a long history of genocide and mass atrocities. For much of the Cold War, East Asia was one of the world's most violent regions, experiencing multiple outbursts of mass killing. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the region has been transformed thanks to another Asian miracle. There are now fewer cases of genocide and mass atrocities in East Asia today than at any point in history for which we have reliable records. This article demonstrates and then tries to account for the dramatic decline of mass atrocities in East Asia. It argues that the decline was enabled by a combination of three major structural changes: reduction in the selection of mass atrocities as a weapon of war, increase in incomes, and progress towards democratization combined with the emergence of new ideas about sovereignty and their accommodation with existing principles of non-interference. Together, these structural and ideational changes created a changed regional context of increased costs and reduced payoffs for the commission of mass atrocities.
Keyword RtoP
Mass atrocities
East Asia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Also known as "The other Asian miracle? The ending of mass atrocities in East Asia".

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