Post-Cold War East Asia: A Geopolitical Overview With Recommendations for U.S. Force Posture
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Despite growing multilateralism and widespread economic interdependence, a post-Cold War zone of peace has yet to take shape in East Asia. Formal multilateral security agreements for cooperation and conflict resolution remain an unfulfilled opportunity. Regional stability is challenged by the insecurity and state-centrism of authoritarian regimes, threatening to upset East Asias burgeoning liberal, multilateral order. Chinas volatile relationship with Taiwan is a particularly troublesome threat to East Asian peace and prosperity. Accordingly, US military force posture must play a central role in the deterrence of war and the promotion of multilateral regional security cooperation. Careful status quo management, effective conventional deterrence, and an emphasis on building security cooperation are crucial to preserving peace and maintaining stability in East Asia.