Daniel Flitton reviews 'The Four Flashpoints: How Asia goes to war' by Brendan Taylor

Daniel Flitton reviews 'The Four Flashpoints: How Asia goes to war' by Brendan Taylor

The Four Flashpoints: How Asia goes to war

by Brendan Taylor

La Trobe University Press, $29.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781760640378

Daniel Flitton

Daniel Flitton

Daniel Flitton is one of Australia’s most experienced foreign affairs journalists and is now Managing Editor of the Lowy Institute’s


The danger is complacency. Brendan Taylor cautions readers of this timely assessment of the swirling currents of power in Asia – and currents is the right metaphor, given the heavy focus on disputes at sea – not to simply have faith that everything will turn out okay. ‘The risk of major war in Asia is much greater today than most individuals assume,’  Taylor writes. Even among regional leaders and key players, he sees a ‘strange complacency about the prospects for conflict in Asia’, despite knowing just how devastating such a conflict would be.

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Published in November 2018, no. 406

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