Asia's New Geopolitics
Asia's New Geopolitics

Asia's New Geopolitics

Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific


262 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: May 2020

ISBN 9780817923242


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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.


"Auslin presents a wide-ranging analysis of the implications of this new great-power rivalry. . . . [He] succeeds in his aim of reviving an older method of geopolitical thinking." —National Review

"If the Indo-Pacific is the map on which the future power balance will be redrawn, this book is a good investment in familiarizing yourself with the terrain." —The Wire China

"Auslin identifies the critical factors that will determine whether the future for free and open societies across the Indo-Pacific region remains bright or a darker future emerges in which autocratic and closed systems are ascendant." —H. R. McMaster, former US national security advisor and author of Battlegrounds

"Michael Auslin is one of America's sharpest analysts of Asia's geopolitics. This collection brims with insights about the future of the world's most important region." —Hal Brands, coauthor of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order

"An extremely engaging and timely discussion of the US strategy in the Indo-Pacific in the midst of China's growing influence and the diminishing US presence in the region. Auslin reminds us why we cannot remain a spectator to the reshaping of regional order." —Gi-Wook Shin, the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea and director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University

"Written with the depth of a true historian, Asia's New Geopolitics offers a set of insightful essays about some of the key challenges in this part of the world over the next generation." —Victor Cha, vice dean and D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and former senior director for Asia, National Security Council

"In this interview, Michael Auslin, Payson R. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia, discusses his newly released book by Hoover Institution Press, Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific. Auslin describes the geopolitical importance of Asia's inner seas and how the Indo-Pacific region is impacted by China's ambitions, US force posture, North Korea's quest for nuclear weapons, the Sino-Japanese competition, and India's struggles as the world's largest democracy." —Stanford Report

"The future of Asia will not be determined solely by the relationship between the United States and China. A more ancient power struggle—between China and Japan—is just as significant a factor in the course of world events in the Indo-Pacific region." —The Bridge

Author Biography

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.