This book places the presidency of Donald Trump as well as the brewing Sino-American Cold War within the broader historical context of American hegemony in Asia, which traces its roots to Alfred Thayer Mahan’s call for a naval build up in the Pacific, the subsequent colonization of the Philippines and, ultimately, reaching its apotheosis after the defeat of Imperial Japan in the Second World War. The book, drawing on visits from Cairo to California and Perth to Pyongyang as well as interviews and exchanges with heads of state and senior officials from across the Indo-Pacific, provides an overview of the arc of American primacy in the region for scholars, journalists, and concerned citizens.
Table of Contents
1. The New Cartography of Power.- 2. The Trump Doctrine: The Art of Creative Disruption.- 3. The Great Distraction: The Near East and North Korea.- 4. Xi Must Be Obeyed: The New Peking Order.- 5. The Belt and Road: China as the New Vanguard of Globalization.- 6. The New Cold War: Sleep-Walking Into Great Power Conflict.- 7. The Post-American World: Middle Powers and the Coalition of Deterrence.- 8. China’s Inchoate Hegemony: Small Powers’ Struggle for Autonomy.- 9. The Revenge of Malthus: Pax Indo-Pacifica and Rhizomatic Order.