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The United States in Asia

Robert G. Sutter

This thoughtful and deeply informed book assesses the background, status, and outlook of U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific. Noted expert Robert G. Sutter takes issue with the "declinist" school of thought that he sees as overstating U.S. weaknesses while at the same time underplaying its strengths in the region. He provides a balanced inventory of the major strengths and weaknesses in American relations with Asia and weighs the significant points of agreement and disagreement between the United States and the governments and peoples of the region at the end of the George W. Bush administration.

Sutter carefully considers widely held views of the United States in decline, with its leadership role in regional affairs threatened by a range of political, economic, and security problems. The author finds that recent U.S. difficulties have not fundamentally undermined the main foundations of the leadership, power, and influence that America has exerted in the region for many years. Instead, he convincingly argues for U.S. policy options that will help to remedy prevailing difficulties while sustaining U.S. interests and leading role in Asian and Pacific affairs.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 330Size: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-5648-5 • Hardback • July 2008 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-0-7425-5649-2 • Paperback • July 2008 • $34.95 • (£23.95)
978-0-7425-5717-8 • eBook • July 2008 • $33.99 • (£23.95)
Robert G. Sutter was an analyst of Asian and Pacific affairs and American foreign policy for the U.S. government for thirty years. Sutter is professor of practice in international affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.
Introduction: Is the United States in Decline in the Asia-Pacific?
Chapter 1: Historical Lessons and the Evolution of U.S. Relations with the Asia-Pacific
Chapter 2: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding China and Korea
Chapter 3: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding Japan, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific
Chapter 4: U.S. Priorities and Concerns Regarding South Asia, Central Asia, and Asian Russia
Chapter 5: Determinants of Regional Dynamics Important to the United States
Chapter 6: Chinese and Taiwanese Government Priorities
Chapter 7: Japanese and Korean Government Priorities
Chapter 8: Priorities in Southeast, South, and Central Asia and Russia
Chapter 9: Regional Trends and Their Implications for U.S. Leadership
Chapter 10: Outlook and Recommendations
A carefully researched and crafted book that provides readers with a balanced view of the U.S. role in the region. Sutter writes in a compact and highly informative manner. The book is useful for readers with an interest in empirical facts of U.S.-Asia relations and students of international relations in the Asia Pacific.
Contemporary Southeast Asia

We’ve been hearing for years that the U.S. position in the Asia-Pacific is in decline in reverse correlation with the rising prominence of China. Sutter’s masterful study lays aside this simplistic perspective in favor of a strongly historical, multidimensional view of U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific and a clear understanding of the fundamental forces shaping the region. A new order is rising in Asia. This is a compelling argument for why the United States will remain a part of it.
Mark Borthwick, East-West Center

Presents a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of U.S. issues with Asia Pacific governments and organizations

Provides a balanced and comprehensive treatment of the major weaknesses and strengths in U.S. interaction with the region

Considers the main policy drivers from both the U.S. and Asian sides and assesses how they strengthen or weaken U.S. relations with the region

Offers a cogent historical context that adds valuable long-term perspective

Provides practical options for U.S. policy

Ideal for courses on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Asian relations