Asia-Pacific Security Dynamics in the Obama Era

A New World Emerging

By S Mahmud Ali

© 2012 – Routledge

222 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book examines the critical changes to the Asia-Pacific security architecture emerging in the context of shifts in the global order as the Obama Administration’s major strategic innovation and likely legacy unfold. The author reviews the state of the international security system during the Obama presidency, recording the Administration’s Asia-Pacific inheritance, and tracing its efforts to chart a collaborative course aimed at retaining US primacy amidst strategic turbulence. While security discourses are coloured by relative US ‘decline’ and China’s ‘rise,’ the book points out the competitive-cooperative complexity of interactions, with symbiotic economic ties moderating rivalry. Focusing on the military-security cutting edge of Sino-US dynamics, the narrative outlines the dangers posed by extreme nationalist dialectics in an interdependent milieu. It examines the policies of Japan, Australia, India and Russia towards the evolving Sino-US diarchy, while recording Washington’s and Beijing’s contrasting approaches to these allies and possible adversaries. The book concludes with observations on the loss of definition and clarity as the system evolves with multiple actors bidding for influence, and the need for statesmanship as the systemic fulcrum moves from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of International Politics, Asian Politics, American Politics, International Security and International Relations.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Shifting Tectonic Plates 2. Obama’s Early Initiatives and Beijing’s Response 3. The Japan-Australia-India Strategic Triangle 4. The Kremlin’s Gamesmanship 5. ASEAN’s Security Nightmares Epilogue: A New Cold War?

About the Author

Dr S. Mahmud Ali is an Associate at the London School of Economics IDEAS East Asia International Affairs Programme.

About the Series

Politics in Asia

Politics in Asia
Politics in Asia has long been established as a source of distinctive and authoritative studies on the political life of Asia. The series covers a broad range of countries and aspects of politics, and includes volumes from some of the leading scholars working in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General