My contribution to newly published The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia is a chapter on territorial and maritime boundary disputes in the region.
The main findings from the chapter are:
- Since 1945, Asia has been more prone to conflict over territory than other regions in the world.
- Asia accounts for the greatest number of disputes over territory that have become militarized and that have escalated into interstate wars.
- Disputes in Asia have been less likely to be settled, accounting for the lowest rate of settlement when compared with other regions.
- Asia today has more territorial disputes than any other part of the world, accounting for 38 percent of all active disputes.
- When combined with the rise of new powers, which are involved in multiple territorial disputes, territorial and maritime boundary disputes are poised to become an increasing source of tension and instability in Asia.
For those with access to the online series of Oxford handbooks, the chapter can be found here. An earlier draft of the chapter is available here.