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Soon after the American Revolution, certain of the founders began to recognize the strategic significance of Asia and the Pacific and the vast material and cultural resources at stake there. Over the coming generations, the United States continued to ask how best to expand trade with the region and whether to partner with China, at the center of the continent, or Japan, looking toward the Pacific. Where should the United States draw its defensive line, and how should it export democratic principles? In a history that spans the eighteenth century to the present, Michael J. Green follows the development of U.S. strategic thinking toward East Asia, identifying recurring themes in American statecraft that reflect the nation's political philosophy and material realities.

Drawing on archives, interviews, and his own experience in the Pentagon and White House, Green finds one overarching concern driving U.S. policy toward East Asia: a fear that a rival power might use the Pacific to isolate and threaten the United States and prevent the ocean from becoming a conduit for the westward free flow of trade, values, and forward defense. By More Than Providence works through these problems from the perspective of history's major strategists and statesmen, from Thomas Jefferson to Alfred Thayer Mahan and Henry Kissinger. It records the fate of their ideas as they collided with the realities of the Far East and adds clarity to America's stakes in the region, especially when compared with those of Europe and the Middle East.


Book launch event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Dr. Michael J. Green is joined by James Rosen of FOX News, along with The Hon. Kurt M. Cambell and Robert B. Zoellick to discuss his new book and its implications for policy today.



Podcast: Grand Strategy from the American Revolution to the Trump Administration (Council on Foreign Relations - Asia Unbound)

Podcast: USC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy: China 21: American Grand Strategy in Asia – Stephan Haggard & Michael Green

Dr. Michael J. Green on The Asia Group's Tea Leaves Podcast


Print Reviews


Destined for war? China, America and the Thucydides trap, Gideon Rachman, The Financial Times, March 30, 2017.

The China Card. Also the India Card. A History of America’s Involvement in Asia and the Pacific, Gordon G. Chang, The New York Times, April 7, 2017.

The Pacific Power, Charles Edel, The American Interest, April 7, 2017.

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783’: Timely lessons from history, Iain Maloney, The Japan Times, April 8, 2017.

Asia in the Trump Era, Bilahari Kausikan, Foreign Affairs, April 17, 2017.

“By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783” by Michael J Green, Francis C. Sempa, Asian Review of Books, May 1, 2017.

Book review: By More Than Providence is a brilliant history of America’s evolving grand strategy towards Asia-Pacific, Francis P. Sempa, The South China Morning Post, May 5, 2017.

Review: 'By More Than Providence', by Michael Green, Bates Gill, The Interpreter, May 23, 2017.

By More Than Providence: A book review by Bob Morris, Bob Morris,, June 11, 2017.

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783, Mina Pollmann, Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), September 14, 2017.

Review: By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific since 1783, Naval War College Review Winter 2018. Dale C. Reilage. P. 177-179.