Between the Eagle and the Dragon: America, China, and Middle State Strategies in East Asia

Author
G. John Ikenberry
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
131
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Fall 2016
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
For more than half a century, the United States has played a leading role in shaping order in East Asia. This East Asian order has been organized around American military and economic dominance, anchored in the U.S. system of alliances with Japan, South Korea, and other partners across Asia. Over the decades, the United States found itself playing a hegemonic role in the region—providing security, underwriting stability, promoting open markets, and fostering alliance and political partnerships. It was an order organized around “hard” bilateral security ties and “soft” multilateral groupings. It was built around security, economic, and political bargains. The United States exported security and imported goods. Across the region, countries expanded trade, pursued democratic transitions, and maintained a more or less stable peace.
Topic
Security, Diplomacy, International Trade and Finance, Treaties and Agreements, Bilateral Relations, Hegemony
Political Geography
Japan, East Asia, South Korea