Compound Containment

A Reigning Power’s Military-Economic Countermeasures against a Challenging Power
Dong Jung Kim
Using military and economic measures to contain rising threats in great power relationships


When does a reigning great power of the international system supplement military containment of a challenging power by restricting its economic exchanges with that state? Scholars of great power politics have traditionally focused on examining a reigning power’s military containment of a challenging power. In direct contrast, Compound Containment demonstrates that these conventional studies are flawed without a sound understanding of the multilayered aspects of containment strategy in great power politics. Since economic capacity and military power are intimately linked to one another, countering a challenging power requires addressing both economic and military dimensions. Nonetheless, this nexus of security and economy in a reigning power’s response to a challenging power cannot be explained by traditional theories that dominate research in international security. Author Dong Jung Kim fills a gap in the scholarship on great power competition by investigating when a reigning power will make its military containment of a challenging power “compound” by simultaneously employing restrictive economic measures. Its main theoretical claims are corroborated by an analysis of key historical cases of reigning power-challenging power competition. This book also offers policy prescriptions for the United States by examining whether the United States is in a position to complement military containment of China with restrictive economic measures.
Dong Jung Kim is Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University.

Praise / Awards

  • “Excellent scholarship on a very pertinent topic. [Kim’s exploration of] the root causes of difficulties in imposing economic containment on China is very useful for both policy and theory.”
    —T.V. Paul, McGill University

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  • 6 x 9.
  • 212pp.
  • 3 charts, 15 tables.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2022
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  • 978-0-472-13298-0

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  • 2022
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  • 978-0-472-03900-5

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  • Open Access
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  • 978-0-472-90280-4

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  • Balance of Power; Balancing; Cold War; Containment: Economy-Security Nexus; Economic Statecraft; Economic Warfare; Geoeconomics; Grand Strategy; Great Power Politics; Hegemonic Competition; Interdependence; International Relations Theory; International Structure; Liberalism; Major Wars; Material Power; Realism; Rise of China; Sino-U.S. Competition; Structural Theory; Thucydides Trap; U.S. Foreign Policy