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East Asia's Other Miracle: Explaining the Decline of Mass Atrocities

Alex J. Bellamy


East Asia, until recently a boiling pot of massacre and blood-letting, has achieved relative peace. A region that at the height of the Cold War had accounted for around 80 percent of the world’s mass atrocities has experienced such a decline in violence that by 2015 it accounted for less than 5 percent. This book explains East Asia’s “other” miracle and asks whether it is merely a temporary blip in the historical cycle or the dawning of a new, and more peaceful, era for the region. It argues that the decline of mass atrocities in East Asia resulted from four interconnected factors: the consoli ... More

Keywords: East Asia, mass atrocities, massacre, state consolidation, economic development, multilateralism, power politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198777939
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198777939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alex J. Bellamy, author
Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, The University of Queensland, Australia