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The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War

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Brendan Taylor

Dr Brendan Taylor is Associate Professor of Strategic Studies at the Australian National University. He is the author or editor of eight books, including, most recently, Australia’s American Alliance (MUP, 2016). His writings have also appeared …

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Praise for The Four Flashpoints

‘Brendan Taylor has produced the most gripping scenarios for major power war in Asia in print -– as well as the strongest case for the wise statecraft we will need to keep the peace. We all know where the most dangerous flashpoints in Asia are, but Taylor has gone further than anyone in illuminating why they are so dangerous and how we might avoid conflict.' –– Michael J. Green, Senior Vice President for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Professor, Georgetown University, and author of By More than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783

 

‘Timely, crucial and eminently readable. An alarming examination of where Asia and the world is heading.’ –– Kim Beazley

‘A clear, calm, rigorous and highly readable examination of the flashpoints that make Asia so dangerous today. It explains how they evolved, why they matter and how they might blow up. The perfect guide to the looming perils of the Asian Century.’ –– Hugh White

‘The map of Asia is dotted with flashpoints, places where national interests overlap and war could all too easily break out. In this informative and carefully argued volume, Brendan Taylor surveys the most explosive of these points, assessing the risks posed by each and proposing ways to damp down the danger that they could someday erupt into conflict. There are valuable insights in The Four Flashpoints for strategists, scholars and concerned citizens alike.’ —Aaron L. Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton and former deputy assistant for national security affairs in the office of the US vice-president

‘We all know where the most dangerous flashpoints in Asia are, but Brendan Taylor has gone further than anyone in illuminating why they are so dangerous and how we might avoid conflict. He has produced the most gripping scenarios for major power war in Asia in print – as well as the strongest case for the wise statecraft we will need to keep the peace.’ —Michael J. Green, senior vice-president for Asia at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies and author of By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783