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Political Rhetoric or Policy Shift: A Contextual Analysis of the Pivot to Asia

Lucas Bittick1 and Timothy Sands2
  • 1 Washington University, United States
  • 2 Columbia University, United States
Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 15 No. 1, 2019, 92-125

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2019.92.125

Published On: 17 August 2019

How to Cite: Bittick, L. & Sands, T. (2019). Political Rhetoric or Policy Shift: A Contextual Analysis of the Pivot to Asia. Journal of Social Sciences, 15(1), 92-125. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2019.92.125

Abstract

Society lays witness to the rise and fall of civilizations throughout history. Following a proud past, in recent times China has suffered low-years whose fall was precipitated by experiments in poor governance exacerbated by relatively better-governed states leveraging Chinese weakness to their own benefit. In the century, China has abandoned failed governance schemes and is again on the rise in a world that simultaneously welcomes its rise, yet remains cautious to defend against territorial aggression too often associated with rising societies; in hopes of avoiding horrific wars seen in the previous century. Societies across the world are left contemplating the contemporary politics of the USA and this manuscript evaluates whether the so-called pivot to Asia is a legitimate shift in contemporary politics or merely political rhetoric.

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Keywords

  • State-Formation
  • Borders
  • Rise of the Modern Nation-State
  • Xenophobia
  • Effects of Border Discourse
  • Nationalism