Contest for the Indo-Pacific

Contest for the Indo-Pacific

Why China Won't Map the Future

Rory Medcalf

$20.18

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The Indo-Pacific is both a place and an idea. It is the region central to global prosperity and security. It is also a metaphor for collective action. If diplomacy fails, it will be the theatre of the first general war since 1945. But if its future can be secured, the Indo-Pacific will flourish as a shared space, the centre of gravity in a connected world.

What we call different parts of the world – Asia, Europe, the Middle East – seems innocuous. But the name of a region is totemic: a mental map that guides the decisions of leaders and the story of international order, war and peace. In recent years, the label ‘Indo-Pacific’ has gained wide use, including among the leaders of the United States, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia and France. But what does it really mean?

Written by a recognised expert and regional policy insider, Contest for the Indo-Pacific is the definitive guide to tensions in the region. It deftly weaves together history, geopolitics, cartography, military strategy, economics, games and propaganda to address a vital question: how can China’s dominance be prevented without war?

‘This book offers new choices from an ancient map. It holds ideas with power.’ – Peter Hartcher

‘Tightly organised and appealingly written, this is a superb primer on this potential economic juggernaut. A must-read.' – James Clapper, former director of US National Intelligence

‘A fast-paced and fascinating guide to this vital strategic concept.’ – Gideon Rachman, author of Easternisation

‘An elegant, keenly insightful tour of the Indo Pacific’s strategic horizon.’ – Malcolm Turnbull


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Rory Medcalf:
Rory Medcalf is a professor and Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University. His experience as an Australian diplomat includes postings to New Delhi, Tokyo and Papua New Guinea. He was a senior strategic analyst in Australia’s peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments and was the founding director of the international security program at the Lowy Institute. He has been published widely, including in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, The South China Morning Post and The Hindu, as well as on the ABC, BBC and CNN.

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