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An Evaluation of the Impact of the U.S. Rebalancing Policy on the Stability of Northeast Asia

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Focusing on potential economic development in Asia and acknowledging the stake of U.S. interests in the region, the United States has tried to foster secure international circumstances and promote cooperation among Asian countries. These U.S. efforts have been manifested most recently in the Pivot to Asia or Asia rebalancing policy. But, contrary to the intention of the rebalancing policy, the security environment of Northeast Asia has become unstable while all actors pursue their respective security and national interests. Given this current situation, this thesis focuses on the following question Is the U.S. rebalancing policy toward Asia contributing to Northeast Asia stability To address this question, this thesis tests a hypothesis The Asia rebalancing policy affects Northeast Asia instability through the Northeast Asian countries various reactions to U.S. rebalancing. Using the analyses of the reactions of regional powers in the subcategories of diplomacy, military, and nuclear, this research assesses how Northeast Asian countries interact with the U.S. approach and whether the process of interaction contributes to the rebalancing goals of the United States.

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