Michael E. O’Hanlon. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2019. 272 pp. Appxs. Notes. Biblio. Maps. Index. $27.99.
Reviewed by Captain Sam J. Tangredi, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Michael E. O’Hanlon, long-time senior fellow of the Brookings Institution, is a meticulous defense analyst and fine writer, skills that are evident throughout The Senkaku Paradox. However, readers thinking that the book focuses on the Senkaku Islands and maritime disputes between Japan and China will be disappointed. His intent is to recommend “better, less escalatory, and thus more credible options” for the United States and its allies “if China or Russia undertakes an aggressive action that is at once both minor in its physical scale, yet strategic in potential consequences.”