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Offshore petroleum in Northeast Asia : a case study of international regime theory Cook, Catherine


This thesis is a case study application of international regime theory to offshore petroleum in Northeast Asia. The five states examined in the study include Russia, China, Japan, North Korea and South Korea. The Northeast Asian offshore petroleum reserves discussed in this thesis are located in the Sea of Okhotsk, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea. Realist, cognitivist and liberal regime theory is employed to analyze the offshore petroleum regime in Northeast Asia. Each of these three theoretical perspectives is the subject of an individual chapter focusing respectively on power, knowledge and interest. The final chapter evaluates and compares the Northeast Asian offshore petroleum regime to other regional regimes such as the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The study concludes with a frank appraisal of the current Northeast Asian offshore petroleum regime and suggests areas for future international regime research.

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