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Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific

Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific

by Michael R. Auslin


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The Indo-Pacific is fast becoming the world’s dominant region. As it grows in power and wealth, geopolitical competition has reemerged, threatening future stability not merely in Asia but around the globe. China is aggressive and uncooperative, and increasingly expects the world to bend to its wishes. The focus on Sino-US competition for global power has obscured “Asia’s other great game”: the rivalry between Japan and China. A modernizing India risks missing out on the energies and talents of millions of its women, potentially hampering the broader role it can play in the world. And in North Korea, the most frightening question raised by Kim Jong-un’s pursuit of the ultimate weapon is also the simplest: can he control his nukes? In Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, Michael R. Auslin examines these and other key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world. He also explores the history of American strategy in Asia from the 18th century through today. Taken together, Auslin’s essays convey the richness and diversity of the region: with more than three billion people, the Indo-Pacific contains over half of the global population, including the world’s two most populous nations: India and China. In a riveting final chapter, Auslin imagines a war between America and China in a bid for regional hegemony and what this conflict might look like.

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ISBN-13: 9780817923259
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 10/01/2020
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 504,863
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael R. Auslin is the inaugural Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author or editor of six books, including the best-selling The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region.

Table of Contents

Foreword Niall Ferguson ix

Introduction 1

1 Asia's Mediterranean: Strategy, Geopolitics, and Risk in the Seas of the Indo-Pacific 5

2 The New China Rules: The Sources of Chinese Behavior 21

3 Can Kim Jong-un Control His Nukes? Nuclear Safety, Accident, and the Specter of North Korea's Atomic Arsenal 57

4 India's Missing Women 79

5 Japan's Eightfold Fence: Foreign Policy, National Identity, and the Struggle for Internationalism 93

6 China versus Japan: Asia's Other Great Game 121

7 The Question of American Strategy in the Indo-Pacific 149

8 The Sino-American Littoral War of 2025: A Future History 185

About the Author 229

Index 231

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