The United States and the Pacific Islands / Edition 1

The United States and the Pacific Islands / Edition 1

by John C. Dorrance
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275944727

ISBN-13: 9780275944728

Pub. Date: 10/30/1992

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

Although the Pacific islands were front-page news during the 1941-1945 Pacific War, today they are seldom in the American consciousness—except as a perception of Micheneresque tropical paradises. But the islands—10,000 strong and scattered over nearly one-fifth of the earth's surface—still straddle or remain close to the sea and air lanes that link

Overview

Although the Pacific islands were front-page news during the 1941-1945 Pacific War, today they are seldom in the American consciousness—except as a perception of Micheneresque tropical paradises. But the islands—10,000 strong and scattered over nearly one-fifth of the earth's surface—still straddle or remain close to the sea and air lanes that link the United States with Australia and Asia, and carry nearly one-half of U.S. foreign trade. New political interests also exist with the recent emergence of a new panoply of independent Pacific island states, extension of U.S. sovereignty to other Pacific islands, and new defense responsibilities in several states linked to the United States by free association.

John C. Dorrance offers an exceptionally authoritative and comprehensive assessment of U.S. interests in and policy toward a poorly understood region. The islands, highly aid dependent and uniquely vulnerable to external influences, have experienced insurrections, military coups, secessionist rebellion, political assassinations, Soviet in-roads, and even Libyan mischief-making. Ethnic conflict and developmental problems also threaten democratic institutions and the region's stability. Dorrance thoroughly explores the regional policy environment and the issues that face the United States. His book is of lasting value to scholars and especially to policy-makers and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275944728
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/30/1992
Series:
The Washington Papers Series
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Prefatory Note

Summary

Oceania: The Strategic Environment

Foreign Affairs, Security, and Regionalism

Regional Issues and Challenges

U.S. Interests and Objectives in the Pacific Islands

U.S. Policy in the North Pacific

U.S. Policy in the South Pacific

Australia, New Zealand, and Other External Powers

The Soviet Union and the Pacific Islands

U.S. Policy: Recommendations and Conclusions

Notes

Index

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