America's Asian Alliances (BCSIA Studies in International Security Series)

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Unlike the new and largely peaceful Europe, the Asia-Pacific region is fraught with old instabilities and new risks, as well as opportunities. America's Asian alliances face an arc of potential instability, from the divided Korean peninsula in Northeast Asia, to the nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan on the South Asian subcontinent, to an unstable Indonesia in Southeast Asia. The United States and its allies must also address the rise of Chinese power,slow the spread of nuclear and high-tech ...

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Unlike the new and largely peaceful Europe, the Asia-Pacific region is fraught with old instabilities and new risks, as well as opportunities. America's Asian alliances face an arc of potential instability, from the divided Korean peninsula in Northeast Asia, to the nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan on the South Asian subcontinent, to an unstable Indonesia in Southeast Asia. The United States and its allies must also address the rise of Chinese power,slow the spread of nuclear and high-tech conventional weapons, maintain access to energy resources,and expand the world free-trade system.In this book, nine distinguished US and Australian strategists present systematic and concrete prescriptions for strengthening America's Asian alliances. These policy-driven chapters address the roles that the US-Japan, US-South Korea, andUS-Australia alliances can play in ensuring long-term stability and prosperity in the region.

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"America's alliances are the foundation for security and prosperity in Asia. In this book, a stellar group of authors analyzes the future of that foundation, and tells us what should be done." Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and USAssistant Secretary of Defense, 1994-1995
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America's alliances are the foundation for security and prosperity in Asia. In this book, a stellar group of authors analyzes the future of that foundation, and tells us what should be done.
— (Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Dean, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, 1994-1995 )
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Robert D. Blackwill is Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Table of Contents

Map of the Asia-Pacific Region
Preface
Foreword
Ch. 1 The Strategic Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region 1
Ch. 2 American Engagement in Asia 19
Ch. 3 The U.S.-Japan Alliance 31
Ch. 4 The U.S.-Korea Alliance 61
Ch. 5 The U.S.-Australia Alliance 87
Ch. 6 An Action Agenda to Strengthen America's Alliances in the Asia-Pacific Region 111
Table 1 Comparative Defense Budgets and Spending 137
Table 2 Comparative Military Forces 138
Table 3 Comparative Economic Data 139
Contributors 140
About the Belfer Center for Science and International 146
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