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Confronting China
U.S. Defense Policy in an Era of Great Power Competition
by James H. Anderson and Daniel R. Green, Editors
October 2023, 320pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7966-1
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China’s pursuit of global hegemony reflects a patient yet determined effort to reshape the international order in its favor.

Informed by senior policymakers with extensive expertise in defense, this book provides a comprehensive regional and functional perspective on U.S. policy toward the People's Republic of China.

Confronting China addresses the central security questions of our generation: How best can the United States deter Chinese aggression and win the peace? China’s pursuit of global hegemony reflects a patient yet determined effort to reshape the international order in its favor. Deterring Chinese aggression and winning the peace necessitates an integrated approach that draws upon all instruments of U.S. national power.

Drawing on the insightful analysis of more than a dozen senior national security practitioners, chapters discuss the China challenge from multiple perspectives. Contributors examine the different dimensions of China’s growing power and assess how well they advance the Chinese Communist Party’s political ambitions and what must be done to counter them. Drawing upon each writer’s particular areas of expertise, chapter authors provide concrete, strategy-based, and resource-informed policy recommendations. In the concluding chapter, the editors review common threads and key insights from the preceding chapters, placing them in a larger strategic context.


  • Provides a broad strategic perspective on the challenge the People's Republic of China (PRC) is mounting against U.S. policies, interests, and values
  • Analyzes China's regional and functional policies
  • Offers a comprehensive overview of U.S. policies to compete with and deter the PRC
  • Features contributors who served at the U.S. Department of Defense in senior policy-making roles and are regional and functional experts in their areas of concentration
James H. Anderson, PhD, is president of the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., former acting undersecretary of defense for policy, and a twice-confirmed presidential appointee. He has also worked as professor at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies, director of Middle East policy at the Pentagon, project manager at DFI International, research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and associate professor at Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University. Anderson is the author of America at Risk: The Citizen's Guide to Missile Defense and co-author of Leading Dynamic Seminars: A Practical Handbook for University Educators.

Daniel R. Green, PhD, is the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development within the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the U.S. Department of Defense. His office developed national defense strategy, defense planning guidance, and various defense planning scenarios. He is the author of The Valley's Edge: A Year with the Pashtuns in the Heartland of the Taliban; In the Warlords' Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans, and their Fight Against the Taliban; and Front Toward Enemy: War, Veterans, and the Homefront, and co-author of Fallujah Redux: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda.

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