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American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century

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‘Balance-of-power theory should predict that the countries of Asia are balancing the rise of China. As David C. Kang argues in this terrific contrarian book, there is only one problem: it is is not true. Kang argues for a picture of the Asia-Pacific that is much more hopeful, with strong prospects for continued peace and prosperity. But Kang's analysis comes with one important qualification: that the United States does not over-reach. Refreshing both for its analysis and for its much-needed policy conclusions.' Stephen Haggard, University of California San Diego

‘Provocative and innovative as always, David C. Kang has added another important book to his impressive list of contributions to the study of East Asian security. By matching insights from bargaining theory to trends in regional security policies and military outlays, Kang offers a novel rethinking of the effects of American grand strategy in the region. Particularly at a fraught moment in US diplomacy and security policy, this is a vital intervention in the scholarly and policy debates.' David Leheny, Henry Wendt III, '55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, New Jersey

‘… this book should be considered required reading for anyone who is interested in East Asian international relations, the rise of China, and U.S foreign policy. It will undoubtedly be read, debated, and discussed for many years to come.’ Nicholas D. Anderson, Political Science Quarterly

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David C. Kang tells an often overlooked story about East Asia's 'comprehensive security', arguing that American policy towards Asia should be based on economic and diplomatic initiatives rather than military strength.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cambridge University Press (October 26, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 110716723X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1107167230
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
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David C. Kang is Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, with appointments in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, East Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Marshall School of Business. Kang is also director of the USC Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is State Formation through Emulation: the East Asian Model, coauthored with Chin-Hao Huang (Cambridge University Press, 2022). He has published articles in journals such as International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Security. A former Fulbright Scholar, Kang received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Berkeley. He holds a USSF National "B" soccer coaching license, and an NSCAA "Advanced National" diploma.

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