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It is often understood that contemporary politics in the region is marked by balance of power activity that precedes an inevitable power transition when China’s power “catches up” with that of the United States. In The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy and Transition in Post-Cold War East Asia, however, Australian National University’s Evelyn Goh argues that U.S. hegemony has been consolidated in East Asia in spite of China’s rise, because of the crucial support of other regional states which prefer a U.S.-led order. She also views the evolving regional order as a hierarchical one, which is led by the United States, but also incorporates China, Japan, and other countries in a rank ordering below it. This layered hierarchical order is created and sustained by complex negotiations about institutional constraints, regionalism, great power management, and conflicting justice claims.


  • Evelyn Goh

    Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies and Research Director, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University
  • Marvin Ott

    Asia Fellow
    Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Former Professor of National Security Policy, National War College and Former Faculty Fellow, Institute for National and Strategic Studies, National Defense University