The Boiling Moat
The Boiling Moat

The Boiling Moat

Urgent Steps to Defend Taiwan

Edited by Matt Pottinger



288 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $34.95)

Publication Date: July 2024

ISBN 9780817926458

Price: $25.95


Chinese leader Xi Jinping has openly expressed his intention to annex Taiwan to mainland China, even threatening the use of force. An invasion or blockade of Taiwan by Chinese forces would be catastrophic, with severe consequences for democracies worldwide. In The Boiling Moat, Matt Pottinger and a team of scholars and distinguished military and political leaders urgently outline practical steps for deterrence. The authors stress that preventing a war is more affordable than waging one and emphasize the importance of learning from recent failures in deterrence, such as Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The book argues that a robust military strategy is essential for countering Beijing’s aggression. Pottinger and his team map out a workable military strategy for Taiwan, the United States, Japan, Australia, and Europe to pursue collectively, urging quick adoption to avert a devastating war. The significance of Taiwan to the world economy, semiconductor supply, and Indo-Pacific security is underscored.

The authors stress that preventing China’s coercive annexation of Taiwan requires democracies to demonstrate not just the means but also the will to effectively resist, conveying the message that a military attempt by Xi would likely lead to disastrous consequences, both for China and for the international community.


“With The Boiling Moat, Matt Pottinger becomes Taiwan’s Paul Revere. He and his contributors give us a lucid, informative, and yet spellbinding menu of unwelcome scenarios from which Xi Jinping will choose to ‘reunify the motherland’ and advance his ‘China Dream.’”
—Orville Schell, author of Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century 

“Read this book and ask those in positions of leadership to heed its recommendations with a sense of urgency.”
—H.R. McMaster, former US national security advisor

The Boiling Moat is a one-of-a-kind book that lays out precisely how we can deter the catastrophic war that China’s dictator is planning.”
—Mike Pompeo, former US secretary of state and CIA director

Author Biography

Matt Pottinger is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, chairman of the China Program at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a former US deputy national security advisor.