Bush and Asia: America's Evolving Relations with East Asia by Mark Beeson

By Mark Beeson

Bringing jointly a couple of well-known overseas specialists, this e-book considers the impression of adjustments in American overseas coverage at the East Asian sector, in addition to the evolving nature of yankee coverage itself. particular case reports ponder America's kinfolk with crucial international locations of the zone, together with China, a possible strategic rival, Japan, nonetheless the second one biggest economic system on this planet, and Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim nation. those case stories and others are complemented with extra theoretical and thematic issues of the character of yank hegemony, its old hyperlinks to the quarter, protection coverage, financial ties, and American attitudes towards rising East Asian regionalism. Bush and Asia offers a entire creation to, and research of, the Bush administration's kinfolk with what's going to be the twenty-first century's such a lot dynamic and strategically major zone.

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The defining feature of the new international system is the dominance of the United States (Ikenberry 2002). The United States faces no challengers or peer competitors in the traditional sense of great power politics. It is dominant militarily and economically, and its core ideological preferences are shared in many parts of the world. No other state can balance the United States and no effective combination of balancers is plausibly on the horizon. In this context, a key strategic priority of the United States has been to preserve its preponderant position.

S. policies. But, after the first postCold War decade, most would probably have agreed that regional order was better served with the United States engaged in the region rather than withdrawn from it. S. S. foreign policy. S. experience. The comparison typically drawn has been to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor some sixty years earlier. The December 7, 1941 attack was on an American outpost, by an adversary the United States anticipated it would eventually engage in war. S. S. economic dominance, the World Trade Center in the heart of the New York financial district.

Foreign policy must give priority to where the action is. S. attention with the more pressing concerns of the war on terror. S. military assets. S. commitment to regional stability. The war on terror has created a different incentive, for more flexible and mobile military assets. S. S. officials attempt to spin it, reflects this re-orientation of priorities. S. S. military forces (Cossa 2003b). S. military resources, notwithstanding its position of global dominance, are not infinite. Forces tied up for the long haul in Iraq and Afghanistan necessarily imply that less will be available for the possibility of stabilizing regional conflict in Northeast Asia.

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