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  • Published: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780812984804
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $29.99

Asia's Cauldron

The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific


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From the bestselling author of The Revenge of Geography and Monsoon, comes a vivid snapshot of the nations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing in the region at the dawn of the 21st century, and what they could mean for the United States.

“Europe is a landscape; East Asia is a seascape.” Thus begins the first chapter of Asia’s Cauldron and thus does renowned travel writer and foreign policy expert Robert D. Kaplan draw the line between European conflicts and the geopolitical struggles of the future. Kaplan explains Chinese dominance over the body of water that multiple countries claim and exposes the underreported military buildup in the region. As he describes the conflicting interests that are heating up in East Asia, Kaplan interprets America’s interests and responsibilities to Asian allegiances in the context of a more dominant China. Asia’s Cauldron is sure to become required reading for Asia watchers and general readers alike.

  • Pub date: 1 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9780812984804
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Robert D. Kaplan

ROBERT D. KAPLAN is widely regarded as one of America's leading travel writers and is also a highly influential writer on foreign affairs. He is the author of BALKAN GHOSTS, a landmark international bestseller translated into a dozen languages, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and EASTWARD TO TARTARY, among other bestselling books.

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