An edited volume by 2002 Abe Fellow Saadia Pekkanen featuring contributions from Abe Fellows Vinod K Aggarwal (2007), Saori Katada (1999), and Kim Reimann (2007).  

Asian nations are no longer “rising” powers in the world order; they have risen. How will they conduct themselves in world politics? How will they deploy their considerable and growing power individually and collectively? These questions are critical for global governance. Conventional wisdom claims that, lacking in institutions that accumulate and coordinate the massive economic and growing military strength of Asian nations, the Asian region will continue to punch below its weight in world politics; thin and patchy institutionalization results in political weakness. In Asian Designs, Saadia M. Pekkanen and her collaborators question and provide evidence on these core assumptions of Western scholarship. The book advances a new framework for debate and sophisticated examinations of institutional arrangements for several major issue areas in the world order—security, trade, environment, and public health.


Vinod K. Aggarwal, University of California at Berkeley
C. Randall Henning, American University 
Keisuke Iida, University of Tokyo
Purnendra Jain, University of Adelaide
David Kang, University of Southern California
Saori N. Katada, University of Southern California
Min Gyo Koo, Seoul National University
Kerstin Lukner, University of Duisburg-Essen
Takamichi Tam Mito, Kwansei Gakuin University
James Clay Moltz, Naval Postgraduate School
Saadia M. Pekkanen, University of Washington
Kim DoHyang Reimann, Georgia State University
Kellee S. Tsai, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Ming Wan, George Mason University

Publication Details

Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order
Pekkanen, Saadia, Aggarwal, Vinod K., Reimann, Kim D., Katada, Saori
Cornell University / Cornell University Press
Publish Date
November 2016
Pekkanen, Saadia, Aggarwal, Vinod K., Reimann, Kim D., Katada, Saori, Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order (Cornell University / Cornell University Press, November 2016).