The recent phenomenal rise of the Indo-Pacific region, as Randall Doyle elaborates in this book, deserves scholastic attention. Indeed, the recent developments have already caused a geopolitical power shift and regional reorganization. As a prolific author, a long-term resident, and a frequent traveler to these Pacific countries, Doyle offers insightful remarks and thoughtful suggestions regarding the triangular diplomacy between the United States, Australia, and China. -- Patrick Fuliang Shan, Grand Valley State University A riveting and scholarly journey of the events leading up to today's assessment of the American and Chinese relationship in the Indo-Pacific region and the implications it is having on Australian foreign policy. The Geopolitical Power Shift in the Indo-Pacific Region is filled with a rich lore of historical events that have shaped not only the American/Chinese relationship over the past sixty years, but American/Australian diplomacy as well. Professor Doyle is able to explain this complicated process with insightful research, brutal honesty, and humorous observations. This timely book is a must read for anyone trying to decipher the future of this important global region. -- Edward B. Davis, Yuba College This is a fine and timely publication, a penetrating study of the turbulent geopolitical tides in robust spate within that half of the planet known as the Indo-Pacific. 'The Vasco da Gama era,' Randall Doyle tells us, 'is over. The West's 500-year economic and technological reign of dominance is fading rapidly into the shadows of history. A new strategic geography is ascending in the Indo-Pacific Theater.' We are indeed living in the eye of the 'interesting times' of the well-known Chinese curse, and Doyle picks an unerring path through the tangle of forces and trends that weave through such times. He writes a lucid, engaging prose that is at once authoritative and accessible, and he evinces a willingness to meet controversy head-on that is a welcome contrast to the timidity that characterizes so much writing in the genre. Here is a lively and readable book that restores knowledge and democratic capacity to the lay reader seeking to understand our complex times in which the global verities we have taken for granted are slipping from us, never to return. We should all read this book. -- Pete Hay, University of Tasmania
As the twenty-first century progresses, the Indo-Pacific theater is experiencing an unprecedented transformation involving economic development, military build-ups, political reforms, social changes, and technological advancements. The region now reflects a multitude of geopolitical challenges, factors, and complicated realities. Although America is still recognized as the most powerful force in the Indo-Pacific region, the challenge to America’s hegemonic role is quite real and unrelenting.
The ongoing global financial crisis has left a changed world with unanswered questions in its wake. Is America’s post-WWII dominance of the Indo-Pacific region finally coming to an end? Can the United States and China work together to manage the region’s hegemonic responsibilities? In The Geopolitical Power Shift in the Indo-Pacific Region, Randall Doyle provides analysis and insights on the transformational changes and the epochal history unfolding in this part of the world and America’s increasingly precarious political and economic position.