Join ANU College of Asia and the Pacific for the launch of Brendan Taylor's gripping new book, The Four Flashpoints: How Asia Goes to War.
Asia is at a dangerous moment. China is rising fast, and its regional ambitions are growing. Reckless North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un may be assembling more nuclear weapons, despite diplomatic efforts to eradicate his arsenal. Japan is building up its military, throwing off constitutional constraints imposed after World War II. The United States, for so long a stabilising presence in Asia, is behaving erratically: Donald Trump is the first US President since the 1970s to break diplomatic protocol and speak with Taiwan, and the first to threaten war with North Korea if denuclearisation does not occur. The possibility of global catastrophe looms ever closer.
Drawing on history, in-depth reports and his intimate observations of the region, Brendan Taylor asks what the world's major powers can do to avoid the eruption of war - and shows how Asia could change this otherwise disastrous trajectory.
"Clear, calm, rigorous and highly readable...the perfect guide to the looming perils of the Asian Century." - Hugh White
"Crucial and eminently readable. An alarming examination of where Asia and the world is heading." - Kim Beazley
"Gripping scenarios for major war in Asia - and the strongest case for the wise statecraft we will need to keep the peace." - Michael J Green.
Dr Brendan Taylor is an Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. Specialising in great power strategic relations in the Asia Pacific, economic sanctions and regional security architecture.
Dr Taylor holds a PhD and Masters degree from The Australian National University and a BA (Hons) from Waikato University in New Zealand. With a longstanding association at the ANU, Dr Taylor has also held the positions of Interim Director of the Coral Bell School (October 2016 - January 2018) and Head of the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre.
Refreshments from 6pm. Launch from 6.30 - 7.30pm.