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New Security Challenges

The US-China Military and Defense Relationship during the Obama Presidency

Authors: Johnson, James

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  • Unravels the deterioration of U.S.-China security relations during the Obama Presidency.
    Offers a new comparative approach to the understanding of individual military domains.
    Explores the production of security misperceptions between the U.S. and China.

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About this book

This book offers a timely and compelling explanation for the deterioration of U.S.-China security relations during the Obama Presidency. The U.S.-China relationship has become one of (if not the most) vital features of contemporary world politics, and with arrival the Donald Trump to the White House in 2017, this vital geopolitical relationship sits at a precarious and dangerous crossroads. This book assesses a wide array of sources to systematically unpack the policy rhythms, drivers, and dynamics that defined the course of Sino-American security relations during the Obama-era. It fills several gaps in the literature on international security and conflict and offers a nuanced and innovative comparative approach to examine individual military domains. The case study chapters draw on recent Chinese and English sources - on military doctrine, capabilities, and defense strategy - to build a clear understanding the main sources of U.S.-China misperceptions, and highlight the problems these assessments can create for the conduct of statecraft across strategically competitive geopolitical dyads. The book builds a sobering picture of U.S.-China relations that will appeal to specialists and generalists alike with an interest in future warfare, emerging military-technologies, military studies, arms control, and foreign policy issues in the Asia-Pacific region more broadly.

About the authors

Dr. James Johnson is Postdoctoral Visiting Honorary Fellow with the School of History & International Relations at the University of Leicester. James holds a Ph.D. in Politics & International Relations and a master’s degree in Asia-Pacific studies. He has published research and lectured in the following areas: security and strategic studies; US-China relations; 'rising powers'; weapons non-proliferation and arms-control; emerging military-technologies; Chinese military doctrine; and East-Asia security more broadly defined. James’ latest research projects look at ‘new’ security challenges posed by technological developments in cyberspace and related technologies - artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous systems and quantum communications. James is fluent in Mandarin.

Reviews

“James Johnson’s timely book draws attention to the increasing danger of military conflict between China and the United States. Johnson draws on an impressive array of Chinese and Western sources to provide a well-documented account of the current military-security situation and to highlight warning signs about where it is likely headed in the coming decades.” (Avery Goldstein, David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

“Clear and consistent in its argument and analysis and it offers excellent insight into the US–China ‘Security’ relationship under Obama, with also some flavour of how this relationship will play out under Trump in the Conclusion.” (George Christou, Professor of European Politics and Security, University of Warwick, UK)

“This path-breaking analysis of US perceptions and misperceptions of China’s new capabilities shape their mutual security dilemma provides important new insights into processes of strategic assessment and policy-making in Washington. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the US–China security relationship in the contemporary world.” (Ian Hall, Professor of International Relations, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia)

“The book offers an important new angle to explain the deterioration of Sino–US security relationship during the Obama administration. Instead emphasizing the typical structural dynamics favored by the power transition theory, which is exemplified by the Thucydides Trap narrative, this book points out the centrality of perceptions in the making of great power relations. The book thus represents a major contribution to the study of security dilemma, which is a central phenomenon of great power relations.” (Zhang Baohui, Director, Centre for Asian Pacific Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

“This book rightly re-establishes the central role of misperceptions in International Relations and strategic studies in general. But much more than that, James Johnson’s masterful study of recent US–Sino relations gives us an empirically rich and theoretically informed understanding of the specific ways in which security dilemma dynamics can shape a bilateral relationship. This is first-rate analysis and therefore will be essential reading for scholars and policymakers alike.” (Benjamin Zala, Australian National University, Australia)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Obama’s ‘Pivot’ to Asia and Air–Sea Battle

    Pages 1-14

    Johnson, James

  • Conceptualizing the United States–China Security Dilemma

    Pages 15-36

    Johnson, James

  • Washington’s Perceptions and Misperceptions of China’s Anti-access Area Denial ‘Strategy’

    Pages 37-63

    Johnson, James

  • China’s Vision of the Future Networked Battlefield: Emerging Military-Technological Challenges to the United States

    Pages 65-94

    Johnson, James

  • ‘Guam Express’ and ‘Carrier Killers’: China’s Asymmetric Missile Threat to the United States in the Pacific

    Pages 95-120

    Johnson, James

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eBook 95,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-75838-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 119,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-75837-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 119,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-09337-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The US-China Military and Defense Relationship during the Obama Presidency
Authors
Series Title
New Security Challenges
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75838-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75838-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75837-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09337-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 198
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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