Where is the USA in Asia? Washington CSIS Senior Asia VP Mike Green talks about "By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783"

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Where is the USA in Asia? Washington CSIS Senior Asia VP Mike Green talks about
Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

From a New York Times book review by Gordon G. Chang on April 7, 2017: “It was “by more than Providence” that the United States, over the course of more than two centuries, became the pre-eminent power in Asia and the Pacific. Commerce, faith and notions of self-defense drove Americans westward, not only across a continent but also a wide expanse of ocean, says Michael J. Green, who served as special assistant to President George W. Bush and senior director for Asia on the National Security Council staff.”

Green argues that, going back to 1783, the American strategy in Asia has been to prevent any one country from dominating the Pacific. But with the rise of China, can this strategy hold? And are Americans willing to pay the price?


Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Before joining the NSC staff, he was a senior fellow for East Asian security at the Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute and assistant professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and senior adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.

Dr. Green is also a nonresident fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, a distinguished scholar at the Asia Pacific Institute in Tokyo, and professor by special appointment at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the advisory boards of Radio Free Asia and the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He also serves as a trustee at the Asia Foundation, senior adviser at the Asia Group, and associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security, including most recently, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017). He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at Tokyo University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.

“By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783” will be available for sale and the author will be available for signing.


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