Author: C Raja Mohan
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789381506288
Will the United States of America have a role in Shaping the 21st century? Or will it be China’s Century? For over a decade Several narratives, coming mostly from American intellectual circles, have questioned America’s ability to maintain its leadership in the Global arena.
For a country to define a century it must have internal cohesion and stability, unmatched proficiency in science and Technology and domestic sufficiency of human and material resources. Above all, it must be accommodative of vital interests of other nations and enjoy peaceful and cooperative relations with its neighbors. While China’s rise is, indeed, the most significant development in today’s Asia, Beijing’s growing assertiveness about its ‘core interests’ has given rise to uncertainties, fear and apprehension in all its neighbors and to doubts about China’s ability and aptitude to be the leader of a modern, globalised world.
This book attempts and assessment of the quality and extent of America’s presence in and policies towards various regions of Asia, from Russia in the West through Central Asia, the Arab region, South and Southeast Asia to East Asia. It concludes that America’s balanced relations with Major Asian powers will be the catalyst of stability and peace in the Asian Century, which may, after all, turn out to be an American Century in Asia.
An incisive and sagacious compilation by a career diplomat that delineates the role of the US in Asia over the last decades following the Second World War…. The essays presented in America in the Asian Century are well researched to provide a pertinent, concise analysis of the fibre of politics of the region while remaining ever alive to their historical context.
From experts in their own realms of study we are given a true view substantiated by facts and statistics. The purview of each sub-region culminates in an intellectual panorama of the proactive role the US has fulfilled in many a political drama of Asia.
Introduction by Maharajakrishna Rasgotra
1. The United States in Northeast Asia by K.V. Kesavan
2. The US-China Engagement by Uma Purushothaman
3. The United States in Southeast Asia by K. Yhome
4. The United States and South Asia by C. Raja Mohan
5. Is America Leaving Afghanistan? By Saeed Naqvi
6. The United States and the Arab World by Uma Purushothaman
7. The United States in Central Asia by Angira Sen Sarma
8. US Engagement with Russia by Ajish P. Joy
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