The United States and Asia: Toward a New U. S. Strategy and Force Posture
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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INTRODUCTION THE USAF AND ASIA
THE CHANGING ASIAN POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT
Will It Continue?
WHITHER A UNIFIED KOREA?
THE USJAPAN ALLIANCE
ADJUSTING TO THE EMERGENCE OF CHINA
INDIAS FUTURE ROLE
PAKISTAN AS A FAILED STATE?
South China Sea
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE MILITARY AND USAF THE CHALLENGES OF CHANGE
RESPONDING TO CRISES
THE FUTURE OF RUSSIA
SOUTH CHINA SEA
INDONESIA AS A DISINTEGRATING STATE?
VIETNAM AS A SIGNIFICANT ACTOR?
US STRATEGY FOR A CHANGING ASIA
A PROPOSED US STRATEGY FOR ASIA
Adapting the US Position in Northeast Asia
BOLSTERING OVERALL US POSTURE IN ASIA
THE LONG TERM
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT NORTHEAST ASIA
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT CHINA
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT SOUTHEAST ASIA
THE CHANGING POLITICALMILITARY ENVIRONMENT SOUTH ASIA
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