"To Rule Eurasia’s Waves" by Geoffrey F. Gresh

To Rule Eurasia’s Waves The New Great Power Competition at Sea Geoffrey F. Gresh

Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
Yale University Press
376 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
5 b-w illus.
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The first book to weave Eurasia together through the perspective of the oceans and seas
“A detailed account of the growing importance of the Chinese, Indian, and Russian navies and how this competition is playing out in waters stretching from the Indo-Pacific area to the Arctic and the Mediterranean.”—Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs

Eurasia’s emerging powers—India, China, and Russia—have increasingly embraced their maritime geographies as they have expanded and strengthened their economies, military capabilities, and global influence. Maritime Eurasia, a region that facilitates international commerce and contains some of the world’s most strategic maritime chokepoints, has already caused a shift in the global political economy and challenged the dominance of the Atlantic world and the United States. Climate change is set to further affect global politics.
With meticulous and comprehensive field research, Geoffrey Gresh considers how the melting of the Arctic ice cap will create new shipping lanes and exacerbate a contest for the control of Arctic natural resources. He explores as well the strategic maritime shifts under way from Europe to the Indian Ocean and Pacific Asia. The race for great power status and the earth’s changing landscape, Gresh shows, are rapidly transforming Eurasia and thus creating a new world order.

Geoffrey F. Gresh, professor of international relations at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C., is the author of Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing.

“Gresh’s thoughtful and important book . . . focuses on the recent engagement by China in particular in a more assertive maritime capability system and ethos, and provides a geopolitical way to consider the resulting dynamics, one in which India and Russia are other key players.”—Jeremy Black, The Erasmus Forum

“Geoffrey Gresh’s lucid examination of great power competition for the world’s oceans makes clear that a once-romanticized idea of ‘Eurasia’ merits contemporary understanding in geostrategic terms.”—Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut

To Rule Eurasia's Waves is well written, clear, and filled with factual detail and strategic insights. Perhaps most importantly, it addresses an enduring issue for both scholars and policy makers not only in the U.S. but across the world.” —Peter Dombrowski, U.S. Naval War College

"This is a superb look at the emerging competition between international maritime peers for sea control and power projection—which will be central to national destiny for the U.S., China, India, and Russia. This unfolding ‘great game’ at sea will deeply influence the geopolitics of the 21st century."—Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.), 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and author of Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World’s Oceans

"A comprehensive, fresh, and penetrating analysis of a changing Eurasia, using its surrounding seas to project economic and strategic influence for the first time in its history."—John Curtis Perry, author of Singapore: Unlikely Power