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American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century

  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316616406


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  • East Asia is richer, more integrated and more stable than ever before, whilst East Asian defense spending is now roughly half of what it was in 1990 and shows no sign of increasing. There is no evidence of any Asian arms race. All countries in the region are seeking diplomatic, not military solutions with each other. Yet this East Asia reality still runs counter to a largely Western narrative that views China's rise as a threat and the region as increasingly unstable. In this important book, David C. Kang argues that American grand strategy should emphasize diplomatic and economic relations with the region, rather than military-first policies. Using longitudinal and comparative data, statistical analysis, and intensive research in selected East Asian countries, he suggests that East Asia is in sync with the American desire to share burdens and that the region may in fact be more stable than popularly believed.

    • One of the first scholarly books to assess US foreign policy under the Trump administration, laying out the contours of how a Trump policy to Asia might look, and the ways it might work or not work
    • Puts US-China relations in a wider, regional context that move beyond bilateral studies to truly situate regional security in a regional framework
    • Uses comparative data, statistical analysis, and intensive research in selected East Asian countries to asses East Asia threat perceptions and the regional security environment
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    'Balance-of-power theory should predict that the countries of Asia are balancing the rise of China. As David C. Kang argues in this terrific contrarian book, there is only one problem: it is is not true. Kang argues for a picture of the Asia-Pacific that is much more hopeful, with strong prospects for continued peace and prosperity. But Kang's analysis comes with one important qualification: that the United States does not over-reach. Refreshing both for its analysis and for its much-needed policy conclusions.' Stephen Haggard, University of California, San Diego

    'Provocative and innovative as always, David C. Kang has added another important book to his impressive list of contributions to the study of East Asian security. By matching insights from bargaining theory to trends in regional security policies and military outlays, Kang offers a novel rethinking of the effects of American grand strategy in the region. Particularly at a fraught moment in US diplomacy and security policy, this is a vital intervention in the scholarly and policy debates.' David Leheny, Henry Wendt III, '55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316616406
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 163 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Comprehensive East Asian security
    2. The size of the fight in the dog: costly signals in international bargaining
    3. No arms race: military expenditures in East Asia and Latin America
    4. North Korea: costly signals and a willingness to fight
    5. South Korea: desiring good relations with China
    6. Philippines foreign policy: cheap talk about a free ride
    7. Vietnam: who's chasing whom in Vietnam–US relations
    8. Comprehensive security in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia
    9. Powerful patron: America's changing relations with East Asia
    10. A minimalist American grand strategy towards Asia.

  • Author

    David C. Kang, University of Southern California
    David C. Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California. He is author of numerous books, including Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge, 2008) and East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (2012). A regular consultant for US government agencies and the military, he has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appears regularly in media such as CNN, BBC, and NPR.

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