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This thoughtful and deeply informed book assesses the background, status, and outlook of U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific. Noted expert Robert G. Sutter takes issue with the "declinist" school of thought that he sees as overstating U.S. weaknesses while at the same time underplaying its strengths in the region. He provides a balanced inventory of the major strengths and weaknesses in American relations with Asia and weighs the significant points of agreement and disagreement between the United States and the governments and peoples of the region at the end of the George W. Bush administration. Sutter carefully considers widely held views of the United States in decline, with its leadership role in regional affairs threatened by a range of political, economic, and security problems. The author finds that recent U.S. difficulties have not fundamentally undermined the main foundations of the leadership, power, and influence that America has exerted in the region for many years. Instead, he convincingly argues for U.S. policy options that will help to remedy prevailing difficulties while sustaining U.S. interests and leading role in Asian and Pacific affairs. Click here to access the United States in Asia chronology.
Introduction: Is the United States in Decline in the Asia-Pacific?
Chapter 1: Historical Lessons and the Evolution of U.S. Relations with the Asia-Pacific
Chapter 2: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding China and Korea
Chapter 3: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific
Chapter 4: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding South Asia, Central Asia, and Asian Russia
Chapter 5: Determinants of Regional Dynamics Important to the United States
Chapter 6: Chinese and Taiwanese Government Priorities
Chapter 7: Japanese and Korean Government Priorities
Chapter 8: Priorities in Southeast, South, and Central Asia and Russia
Chapter 9: Regional Trends and Their Implications for U.S. Leadership
Chapter 10: Outlook and Recommendations