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By Mark Beeson

Bringing jointly a few well-known foreign specialists, this ebook considers the influence of adjustments in American overseas coverage at the East Asian zone, in addition to the evolving nature of yankee coverage itself. particular case experiences give some thought to America's kin with crucial international locations of the quarter, together with China, a possible strategic rival, Japan, nonetheless the second one greatest economic system on the earth, and Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim nation. those case reviews and others are complemented with extra theoretical and thematic issues of the character of yankee hegemony, its ancient hyperlinks to the sector, safeguard coverage, fiscal ties, and American attitudes towards rising East Asian regionalism. Bush and Asia offers a entire advent to, and research of, the Bush administration's family members with what's going to be the twenty-first century's such a lot dynamic and strategically major quarter.

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Foreign policy has become more risk acceptant. S. officials pursued hegemony 30 Michael Mastanduno cheaply and quietly. They intervened in Somalia but departed as soon as casualties mounted. They tried to avoid direct involvement in Bosnia and intervened only when the stability and viability of NATO came at stake. They intervened in Kosovo using military power at high altitudes in order to avoid even minimal casualties. S. S. S. Congress and public would not tolerate a foreign policy that was costly in terms of American lives or resources.

Systemic change also has consequences for order and stability in key regions of the world. The defining feature of the new international system is the dominance of the United States (Ikenberry 2002). The United States faces no challengers or peer competitors in the traditional sense of great power politics. It is dominant militarily and economically, and its core ideological preferences are shared in many parts of the world. No other state can balance the United States and no effective combination of balancers is plausibly on the horizon.

6 It should be noted that at the time of writing, the US has foreshadowed a major redeployment of American forces with major reductions in Europe and East Asia. 7 There is an extensive literature which considers the role of the state and the possible impact of ‘gobalization’. 8 It should be noted that in Buzan and Little’s original formulation they also included the environmental sector, but a consideration of its significance is beyond the scope of this chapter and the competence of its author.

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