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Handbook on the United States in Asia

Managing Hegemonic Decline, Retaining Influence in the Trump Era Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia
The centre of gravity in today’s global economy arguably now resides in Asia. As a result of this, the maintenance of geopolitical and economic security in Asia has become pivotal to global stability. This indispensable Handbook examines the crucial and multifaceted role of the United States as a force in the region that has been, and continues to be, necessary for the continuation of Asian prosperity.
Extent: 528 pp
Hardback Price: $240.00 Web: $216.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 065 5
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  • Asian Studies
  • Asian Politics and Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • International Relations
The centre of gravity in today’s global economy arguably now resides in Asia. As a result of this, the maintenance of geopolitical and economic security in Asia has become pivotal to global stability. This indispensable Handbook examines the crucial and multifaceted role of the United States as a force in the region that has been, and continues to be, necessary for the continuation of Asian prosperity.

The Handbook on the United States in Asia moves the academic discussion away from the fixation on America’s influence in terms of the China threat. It provides readers with comprehensive and informed coverage from expert international contributors on the engagement of the United States with a wide array of Asian countries. The Handbook examines America’s relationship with key allies as well as its multifaceted role and presence in the region. It also explores ways in which this is changing under Donald Trump’s presidency.

The policy-orientated focus of this Handbook ensures that academic and governmental policy analysts will greatly benefit from the timely and comprehensive assessment of the book. Undergraduate and postgraduate international relations students, as well as Asian studies scholars, will also find it to be an excellent tool for study.
‘This very timely volume brings together distinguished scholars and analysts to provide fresh insights into the most important question of our time: Is the United States’ Asia-Pacific policy under the Trump administration characterized by continuity or disruptive change? A collection of thoughtful, well-researched and engagingly written chapters that make an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the complexities of the United States’ exercise of power in an age of power-shifts and interdependence. A required reading for policy makers, media persons, academics and students of
international affairs.’
– Mohan Malik, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii

‘If you want to understand how the US can maintain its position and influence in Asia’s rapidly changing strategic landscape you won’t find a better analysis than the chapters in this well written, and accessible, edited book which brings together a range of prominent experts and practitioners.’
– Alan Dupont, University of New South Wales, and CEO of the Cognoscenti Group, Australia

‘American foreign policy in the Pacific and Asia has always been extremely important, now more so than ever with the somewhat erratic and disjointed policy of the Trump Administration. As a consequence, this comprehensive book analysing US foreign policy in the region is very timely and quite valuable.’
– James M. Lutz, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, US

‘This is an excellent book providing a much needed up-to-date analysis of the US's strategic presence and its impact in Asia. This book is one of those rare gems that all students and practitioners of strategy, Asian security and US foreign policy should own.’
– Adam Leong Kok Wey, National Defence University of Malaysia

‘A timely book that looks at how the new US administration may transform Washington’s future relationships and roles in Asia.’
– Richard A. Bitzinger, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore
Contributors: M. Beeson, A. Benvenuti, A. Berkofsky, A. Bloomfield, K. Brown, J. Galliott, Y.-K. Heng, M. Iverson, V. Jackson, S.R.J. Long, D.W. Lovell, A. O’Neil, H.V. Pant, B. Schreer, P.J. Smith, S.K. Starrs, D. Stuart, R. Sutter, A.T.H. Tan, J.D. Wilson, P. Yeophantong, J. Yuan















Contents:

Part I The US and Asia
1. Introduction to the Handbook on the United States in Asia
Andrew T. H. Tan

2. The USA’s Strategic Challenge in Asia
Andrew T. H. Tan

3. The US and Asia: The Evolving Strategic Context
Andrea Benvenuti

4. Not Just ‘Ugly America’: Understanding Southeast Asian Perceptions of the United States
Pichamon Yeophantong

Part II The US’s Asia Pivot
5. The Trump Administration’s Asia-Pacific Strategy–Continuity or a Dramatic Break with the Past?
Paul J. Smith

6. Missing Links: Strategic Change and the Problems for US Strategy in Asia
Benjamin Schreer

7. US Economic Engagement in Asia
Sean Kenji Starrs

8. Geoeconomics and U.S. Leadership in Asia: The Rise and Fall of the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Mark Beeson and Jeffrey D. Wilson

Part III The US Position in Asia
9. US Diplomacy in Asia
Andrea Benvenuti

10. The Current State and Future of the US-Japan Security Alliance
Axel Berkofsky

11. America’s Alliance with South Korea: The Consistency of Variability
Andrew O’Neil

12. Prospects for US Relations with Australia
David W. Lovell

13. America’s Evolving Relationships with India and Pakistan
Harsh V. Pant

14. Strategic Partners: Singapore and the United States
S. R. Joey Long

Part IV The US Military Presence in Asia
15. The US in the Indian Ocean
Alan Bloomfield

16. Trump, The Revolution in Military Affairs and What it Means for Australia
Jai Galliott

17. Constraints and Opportunities in the US Defence Posture in Asia
Yee-Kuang Heng

Part V Challenges to the US in Asia
18. Managing U.S.-China Rivalry in East Asia
Jingdong Yuan

19. Assessing China’s Challenge
Kerry Brown and Meghan Iverson

20. The Trilemma of U.S.-North Korea Relations
Van Jackson

21. The Coming Crisis Over Taiwan
Andrew T. H. Tan

22. The United States and Terrorism in South and Southeast Asia
Andrew T. H. Tan

Part VI Conclusions
23. Problems and Opportunities for the U.S. in Asia
Robert Sutter

24. Pivoting from Obama to Trump in the Indo-Asia-Pacific
Douglas Stuart

Index