Power, Order, and Change
A major scholarly book published in January 2020 with Oxford University Press setting out two innovative conceptual and empirical approaches to reconsider shared histories in Northeast Asia. Winner of the ISA Asia-Pacific Distinguished Book Award.
  • Watch the authors discussing the book at the Toda Peace Institue (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).
  • Watch the authors discussing the book at the ANU Coral Bell School book launch.
  • Watch Evelyn’s presentation of the four scenarios for East Asia’s future order (Chapter 7).
  • Listen to Prof. Buzan’s discussion of the book’s historical approach.
  • Read some reviews of the book by Shin Kawashima, Amy King, and Seo-Hyun Park.

How has world order changed since the Cold War ended? Do we live in an age of American empire, or is global power shifting to the East with the rise of China? Arguing that existing ideas about the balance of power and power transition are inadequate, this book gives an innovative reinterpretation of the changing nature of U.S. power, focused on the 'order transition' in East Asia.

  • Read some reviews of the book by Alice D. Ba, Andrew Hurrell, and Andrew Phillips.
  • Read Evelyn's Centre of Gravity article exploring some of the book's themes.
With Nixon's historic reconciliation with China in 1972, Sino-American relations were restored, and China moved from being regarded as America's most implacable enemy to a friend and tacit ally. Existing accounts of the rapprochement focus on the shifting balance of power between the USA, China and the Soviet Union, but in this book Goh argues that they cannot adequately explain the timing and policy choices related to Washington's decisions for reconciliation with Beijing.
Journal Articles
  • 'China in International Affairs: A Century of Encounter', International Affairs, May 2022. Read the article here.
  • 'Worldviews on the United States, Alliances, and the Changing International Order: An Introduction,’ Contemporary Politics 26:4, 2020, pp. 371-383 (co-authored with Ryo Sahashi). Read the article here.
  • ‘Contesting Hegemonic Order: China in East Asia,’ Security Studies 28:3, 2019, pp. 614-644. Read the article here.
  • ‘The International Relations of East Asia: A New Research Prospectus,’ International Studies Review 21:3, 2019, pp. 398-423 (co-authored with Rosemary Foot). Read the article here.
Project Publications
'The Asia-Pacific's "Age of Uncertainty": Great Power Competition, Globalisation, and the Economic-Security Nexus,' RSIS Working Paper No. 330, June 2020. Read the paper here.
Book Chapters
  • ‘East Asia as Regional International Society: The Problem of Great Power Management’, in Barry Buzan and Yongjin Zhang, eds., International Society and East Asia: English School Theory at the Regional Level (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 167-187. Read the chapter here.
  • ‘Hierarchy and Regional Security Governance’, in Jochen Prantl, ed., Effective Multilateralism: Through the Looking Glass of East Asia (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), pp. 177-195. Read the chapter here.
  • ‘Conceptualising the Relationship between Bilateral and Multilateral Security Approaches in the Asia-Pacific: A Great Power Regional Order Framework’, in William T. Tow and Brendan Taylor, eds., The Bilateral-Multilateral Nexus and Asian Security: Convergence, Competition or Complex Patchworks? (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 169-182. Read the chapter here.
  • ‘Hegemony and Hierarchy: Exploring the Regional-Global Nexus in Asia’s Evolving Security Order’, in William Tow, ed., The Global-Regional Security Nexus in Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 101-121. Purchase the book here.