The South China Sea and Asian Regionalism

A Critical Realist Perspective

  • Thanh-Dam Truong
  • Knio Karim

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Environment, Security, Development and Peace book series (BRIEFSSECUR, volume 24)

Also part of the Peace and Security Studies book sub series (PESECST, volume 24)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Thanh-Dam Truong, Karim Knio
    Pages 1-13
  3. Thanh-Dam Truong, Karim Knio
    Pages 15-25
  4. Thanh-Dam Truong, Karim Knio
    Pages 85-92
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 93-105

About this book


This book offers an innovative approach to the analysis of the current crisis in the South China Sea. Moving beyond the spirit of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the mechanisms of which are limited to physical geography, it demonstrates how epistemological insights from the field of critical realist philosophy can reveal the importance of cultural and structural conditioning processes in social interactions, processes which shape the conditions for the emergence of crisis points along a spectrum of conflict and cooperation. The potential for conflict resolution and the emergence of new regions in Pacific Asia much depends on the nature of such interactions at many levels (political-economic, semiotic and cultural) based on perceptions of what constitutes the "common" versus a Sinicised version of "Lebensraum".


Conflict Resolution China Critical Realism Human Security Maritime Order Peace Regionalism South China Sea UN Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLOS

Authors and affiliations

  • Thanh-Dam Truong
    • 1
  • Knio Karim
    • 2
  1. 1.International Institute of Social StudiesThe HagueThe Netherlands
  2. 2.International Institute of Social StudiesThe HagueThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-13550-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-13551-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-3162
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-3170
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