Scott L. Kastner is Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Political Conflict and Economic Interdependence across the Taiwan Strait and Beyond (2009), and his articles have appeared in journals such as International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Studies Quarterly. Margaret M. Pearson is Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. Her publications include the books Joint Ventures in the People's Republic of China (1991) and China's New Business Elite: The Political Consequences of Economic Reform (1997), as well as articles in World Politics, The China Journal and Public Administration Review. Chad Rector is Associate Professor of Politics at Marymount University, Virginia. He is the author of Federations: The Political Dynamics of Cooperation (2009), as well as articles in Security Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and Pacific Focus.