Why is There No NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism

  title={Why is There No NATO in Asia? Collective Identity, Regionalism, and the Origins of Multilateralism},
  author={Christopher M. Hemmer and Peter J. Katzenstein},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={575 - 607}
In this paper, we explain why the U.S. government chose multilateral security arrangements in Europe and bilateral ones in Asia in the 1940s and 1950s. After reviewing the inadequacies of a number of universal and indeterminate explanations, we put forward three explanations—great power status, efficient responses to threats, and regional identity—which rely on the combination of material and social forces for their explanatory power. Starting with common rationalist explanations that focus on… 

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