The new order which is still taking shape in northeast Asia is perplexing the policy makers and the academic community alike. Even well over a decade after the end of the international East-West confrontation, the largely bilateral security arrangements of northeast Asia still remain the lynch pin of security relations in the region, and the global trends of reconciliation and cooperation has yet to bear fruit. Indeed, it must be said that the "post-Cold War," once thought of as a transitional period of international relations, can rightly be labeled an "era" on its own. What then are the characteristics of this era? What is the likelihood of security cooperation among the northeast Asian states during this era?