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Asia's Cauldron

The South China Sea And The End Of A Stable Pacific

By Robert D. Kaplan, 1952- author

From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of the world’s Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, comes a penetrating look at the volatile region that will dominate the future of geopolitical conflict.
 
Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated nine hundred trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries’ worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.
 
In Asia’s Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan offers up a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the twenty-first century, and their implications for global peace and stability. One of the world’s most perceptive foreign policy experts, Kaplan interprets America’s interests in Asia in the context of an increasingly assertive China. He explains how the region’s unique geography fosters the growth of navies but also impedes aggression. And he draws a striking parallel between China’s quest for hegemony in the South China Sea and the United States’ imperial adventure in the Caribbean more than a century ago.
 
To understand the future of conflict in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one must understand the goals and motivations of its leaders and its people. Part travelogue, part geopolitical primer, Asia’s Cauldron takes us on a journey through the region’s boom cities and ramshackle slums: from Vietnam, where the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, inspires the geostrategic pretensions of the official seat of government in Hanoi, to Malaysia, where a unique mix of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates quite possibly the ultimate postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose “benevolent autocracy” helped foster an economic miracle, to the Philippines, where a different brand of authoritarianism under Ferdinand Marcos led not to economic growth but to decades of corruption and crime.
 
At a time when every day’s news seems to contain some new story—large or small—that directly relates to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia’s Cauldron is an indispensable guide to a corner of the globe that will affect all of our lives for years to come.

Praise for Asia’s Cauldron
 
Asia’s Cauldron is a short book with a powerful thesis, and it stands out for its clarity and good sense. . . . If you are doing business in China, traveling in Southeast Asia or just obsessing about geopolitics, you will want to read it.”The New York Times Book Review

“Kaplan has established himself as one of our most consequential geopolitical thinkers. . . . [Asia’s Cauldron] is part treatise on geopolitics, part travel narrative. Indeed, he writes in the tradition of the great travel writers.”The Weekly Standard
 
“Kaplan’s fascinating book is a welcome challenge to the pessimists who see only trouble in China’s rise and the hawks who view it as malign.”The Economist
 
“Muscular, deeply knowledgeable . . . Kaplan is an ultra-realist [who] takes a non-moralistic stance on questions of power and diplomacy.”Financial Times


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Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Robert D., 1952- author
Summary: "An examination of the future role of the South China sea in international relations and a tour of the the nations surrounding the South China Sea and their interests in the region. In exploring each of these countries individually, Kaplan clearly shows where the conflicts may arise and why they will be challenging for the international community"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Asia's cauldron : the South China Sea and the end of a stable Pacific / Robert D. Kaplan.
Publisher Date: New York : Random House, [2014]
Subject: Pacific Area -- Foreign relations. Pacific Area -- Politics and government. South China Sea Region -- Strategic aspects. South China Sea -- International status.
Isbn: 9780812994322 0812994329
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Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Robert D., 1952- author.
Summary: "An examination of the future role of the South China sea in international relations and a tour of the the nations surrounding the South China Sea and their interests in the region. In exploring each of these countries individually, Kaplan clearly shows where the conflicts may arise and why they will be challenging for the international community"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Asia's cauldron : the South China Sea and the end of a stable Pacific / Robert D. Kaplan.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Random House, [2014]
Description: xxi, 225 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Pacific Area -- Foreign relations.
Subjects: Pacific Area -- Politics and government.
Subjects: South China Sea Region -- Strategic aspects.
Subjects: South China Sea -- International status.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Prologue : the ruins of Champa -- The humanist dilemma -- China's Caribbean -- The fate of Vietnam -- The concert of civilizations? -- The good autocrat -- America's colonial burden -- Asia's Berlin -- The state of nature -- Epilogue : the slums of Borneo.
LCCN: 2013036100
ISBN: 9780812994322
ISBN: 0812994329
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Call Number: 327.59 Kap