Security of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member-States in 1995: Is a US Military Presence Necessary?
Master's thesis, Aug 1989-Jun 1990
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Even with the claimed withdrawal by the Vietnamese from Cambodia, and Soviet departure from Vietnam, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN still faces many external and internal threats. The external threats arise as a result of superpower and major power interests in and designs for the region. Internal threats include economic, racial, political, and social issues. Current US military presence in the Philippines has contributed significantly to the stability and consequent economic growth of the region. This is due to perceived US commitment to the stability of the region. None of the six alternatives studied can fully replace the US presence in the Philippines. The study shows that the US presence is a lesser evil compared to the situation without them. On balance, until ASEANs Zone of Peace, Freedom, and Neutrality ZOPFAN is achieved, if ever, a continued US military presence in the region is essential for the continued security, stability, and prosperity of ASEAN in the next five years. Keywords ASEAN, Internal threat, External threat, Superpower and major power interests, Benefits of US presence in the region, Alternatives to US military presence in the Philippines.
- Government and Political Science