The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

By Michael R. Auslin
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10.63 Hours 01/10/2017 unabridged
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Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain. Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability. Here he provides a comprehensive account of the economic, military, political, and demographic risks that bedevil half of our world, arguing that Asia, working with the United States, has a unique opportunity to avert catastrophe—but only if it acts boldly. Bringing together firsthand observations and decades of research, Auslin’s provocative reassessment of Asia’s future will be a must-listen for industry and investors, as well as politicians and scholars, for years to come.

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Summary

Summary

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain.

Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability. Here he provides a comprehensive account of the economic, military, political, and demographic risks that bedevil half of our world, arguing that Asia, working with the United States, has a unique opportunity to avert catastrophe—but only if it acts boldly.

Bringing together firsthand observations and decades of research, Auslin’s provocative reassessment of Asia’s future will be a must-listen for industry and investors, as well as politicians and scholars, for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Michael Auslin provides an impressive review of Asian fault lines that could soon break into open conflict.” Frederick W. Smith, chairman and CEO, FedEx Corporation
“Auslin argues powerfully for a dose of reality when assessing the current situation in Asia and its future problems and prospects.” George P. Shultz, former US Secretary of State
“Informative, thoughtful, and wide-ranging…Well-researched, insightful…a wake-up call.” Publishers Weekly
“Agree or disagree, Auslin’s argument deserves serious reflection.” Lawrence H. Summers, former US Secretary of the Treasury
“A must-read for anyone who wants to go beyond today’s oversimplified sloganeering.” Michael V. Hayden, former director of the CIA
“Michael Auslin combines an historian’s perspective with the art of diagnosis to map Asia’s possible futures. The surprising result is anticipatory, cautionary, and contrarian.” Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank

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Author

Author Bio: Michael R. Auslin

Michael Auslin is an award-winning author and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC. A former history professor at Yale, he is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and a global media commentator.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English