The United States and Asia: Toward a New U. S. Strategy and Force Posture (Google eBook)

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Rand Corporation, May 15, 2001 - Political Science - 277 pages
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The past 20 years have been a time of relative peace in Asia and, notwithstanding the 1997-1998 financial crisis, a period of robust economic growth as well. Currently, however, Asia is beset by a variety of problems that could well imperil the stability it has long enjoyed--including territorial disputes, nuclear rivalry, rising nationalist sentiments, and increased military capabilities. This report summarizes the manner in which the United States can best meet these challenges and thereby ensure continued peace and stability in the region. In the interests of this goal, the report outlines an integrated political, military, and economic strategy that the United States can pursue to inhibit the growth of rivalries in Asia and, more broadly, prevent the rise of instability in the region. Also delineated are changes in U.S. military posture that will be made necessary by this strategy.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION THE USAF AND ASIA
1
THE CHANGING ASIAN POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT
3
Will It Continue?
4
WHITHER A UNIFIED KOREA?
7
THE USJAPAN ALLIANCE
13
ADJUSTING TO THE EMERGENCE OF CHINA
16
INDIAS FUTURE ROLE
24
PAKISTAN AS A FAILED STATE?
31
South China Sea
53
South Asia
54
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MILITARY AND USAF THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE
57
RESPONDING TO CRISES
59
Northeast Asia
63
Taiwan
66
Southeast Asia
75
South Asia
78

THE FUTURE OF RUSSIA
32
SOUTH CHINA SEA
35
INDONESIA AS A DISINTEGRATING STATE?
38
VIETNAM AS A SIGNIFICANT ACTOR?
40
CONCLUSION
41
US STRATEGY FOR A CHANGING ASIA
43
STRATEGIC OPTIONS
45
A PROPOSED US STRATEGY FOR ASIA
46
Adapting the US Position in Northeast Asia
48
MISSILE DEFENSE
84
BOLSTERING OVERALL US POSTURE IN ASIA
87
THE LONG TERM
88
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT NORTHEAST ASIA
91
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT CHINA
137
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT SOUTHEAST ASIA
163
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT SOUTH ASIA
203
BIBLIOGRAPHY
241
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