American Dual Containment in Asia

Geopolitics, 15(4):705-725, 2010

Posted: 26 Jan 2014

Date Written: December 1, 2010


US grand strategy after 9/11 turned from post-containment drift to preemption. But the costs are high – suspicion of American power, hedging by traditional allies, expensive, go-it-alone ventures like Iraq. Tried-and-true containment better reflects American values. While forward in the world, containment is also defensive. It reassures skittish partners and reflects liberal, anti-imperial US preferences. In Asia, containment would deter the primary contemporary challengers of US power – radical Islam and Chinese nationalism – without encouraging a Bush-style global backlash. In a reductive analysis of US alliance choices, this article predicts a medium-term Indo-American alliance. India uniquely shares both US liberal democratic values and the same two challengers; it is the likely pivot in a US-backed neo-containment architecture in Asia.

Keywords: US, Grand Strategy, Asia, China, Terrorism

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Robert E., American Dual Containment in Asia (December 1, 2010). Geopolitics, 15(4):705-725, 2010. Available at SSRN:

Robert E. Kelly (Contact Author)

Pusan National University ( email )

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