The United States and the Pacific Islands / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944728
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/1992
  • Series: The Washington Papers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN C. DORRANCE, an independent foreign affairs consultant and analyst until his death in 1991, specialized in the affairs of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands during much of his career in the U.S. Foreign Service (1956-1989).

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Prefatory Note
1 Oceania: The Strategic Environment 1
2 Foreign Affairs, Security, and Regionalism 24
3 Regional Issues and Challenges 33
4 U.S. Interests and Objectives in the Pacific Islands 60
5 U.S. Policy in the North Pacific 72
6 U.S. Policy in the South Pacific 93
7 Australia, New Zealand, and Other External Powers 110
8 The Soviet Union and the Pacific Islands 126
9 U.S. Policy: Recommendations and Conclusions 150
Notes 173
Index 183
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