Introduction: Obama’s ‘Pivot’ to Asia and Air-Sea Battle

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The first chapter outlines the book’s overarching arguments, rationale, and contribution to the broader discourse pertaining to contemporary United States–China security relations. It begins with a background and context section that elucidates the genesis, criticisms, and strategic objectives underlying the Obama administration’s signature ‘pivot’ (or rebalance) to Asia policy. Next, it introduces the military and defense dimensions of the ‘pivot’ (notably the Air–Sea Battle concept), which received an outsized amount of attention from both scholarly and policy-making communities. Specifically, this chapter highlights the ways in which the ‘pivot’ unnecessarily (and even inadvertently) antagonized Beijing and worsened United States–China relations. The chapter ends with a brief section detailing how the book’s chapters are structured and sequenced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe US-China Military and Defense Relationship during the Obama Presidency
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-75838-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-75837-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameNew Security Challenges
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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