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Asia, America, and the Transformation of Geopolitics

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ISBN-10: 0521720230

ISBN-13: 9780521720236

Edition: 2008

Authors: William H. Overholt

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American security and prosperity now depend on Asia. William H. Overholt offers an iconoclastic analysis of developments in each major Asian country, Asian international relations, and U.S. foreign policy. Drawing on decades of political and business experience, he argues that obsolete Cold War attitudes tie the U.S. increasingly to an otherwise isolated Japan and obscure the reality that a U.S.-Chinese bicondominium now manages most Asian issues. Military priorities risk polarizing the region unnecessarily, weaken the economic relationships that engendered American preeminence, and ironically enhance Chinese influence. As a result, despite its Cold War victory, U.S. influence in Asia is declining. Overholt disputes the argument that democracy promotion will lead to superior development and peace, and forecasts a new era in which Asian geopolitics could take a drastically different shape. Covering Japan, China, Russia, Central Asia, India, Pakistan, Korea, and South-East Asia, Overholt offers invaluable insights for scholars, policymakers, business people, and general readers.
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

William H. Overholt holds the Asia Policy Research Chair at RAND's California headquarters and is Director of the Center. Dr Overholt was previously Joint Senior Fellow at Harvard University. After eight years at a think tank consulting on national security issues, he ran investment bank research teams, mainly in Asia, from 1980 to 2001 and served as a consultant to several major political figures in Asia. He is the author of six books, including The Rise of China (1993), which won the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize.

Figures
Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Overview
Introduction: The Inertia of Foreign Policies
Cold War Assumptions and Changing Realities
The Truman Doctrine in Asia
The Asian Economic Miracle and Political Consolidation
Post-Cold War Developments and Architectural Changes
Regional Trends
Outbreaks of Nationalism
The New Phase of the Asian Economic Miracle
The Geopolitics of the New Geoeconomics
Asia's Big Powers: Japan and China
Japan
The Rise and Fall of Japan's Economic Supremacy in Asia
Post-Bust Politics
Post-Bust Foreign Policy
The Transformation of Military Posture
Nationalism and Japan's Diplomatic Isolation
Cultural Uniqueness and Foreign Policy
What the Future Could Bring
China
Western Political Images and Chinese Reality
Political Experiments
Economic Dynamism and Political Influence
China as a Regional Leader
The Rise of China and the Rise of Japan
The China-Japan Relationship
Smaller Places, Decisive Pivots: Taiwan, Korea, Southeast Asia
Taiwan
Korea
Southeast Asia
The Aspiring Power and Its Near Abroad: India and South Asia
India
Pakistan
The South Asian Subcontinent
Russia and Its Near Abroad
Russia: Canada with Testosterone
Russia and China
Central Asia
The United States and the New Asia
Adapting to China's Rise
Cold War Images and Post-Cold War Policy Anomalies
Changing Priorities: The Perils of Dominant Military Priorities
Globalization and the Downgrading of Economic Priorities
The Costs and Benefits of Promoting Democracy
The Need for an Attitude Transplant
Scenarios for the Future
Business as Usual
Cold War II
Reversal of Partnerships
U.S. Disengagement
Revitalized, Peaceful, Balanced Globalization
Crisis of Globalization
Surprises
China Sticks to Globalization Despite Globalization Collapsing Elsewhere
Failure of Chinese or Indian Reform
Emergence of an Aggressive India
Emergence of an Aggressive China
Local Wars of Global Consequence
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index