When the US follows its better angels in the Asia-Pacific

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Daniel Larison

“The Asia-Pacific has remained at peace for over forty years thanks to a combination of several factors that have discouraged interstate conflict and deepened economic interdependence. While it is popular in Washington to attribute much or all of this to the stabilizing role of the United States, its alliances, and its forward-deployed military presence, that is not the whole story of why the peace has endured and it overlooks how the U.S. has sometimes been a bystander or a destabilizing force in Asian affairs. This is the paradox that Van Jackson identifies in his new book, Pacific Power Paradox: American Statecraft and the Fate of the Asian Peace.” (01/17/23)