Alternate Security Architectures for East Asia from the ASEAN Perspective
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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During the post-World War II period, a forward-based U.S. military presence and a network of U.S. bilateral alliances represented the constituted an effective strategy for preserving the stability of the East Asia region. With the end of the Cold War, however, Asians are demonstrating a new interest in redefining the regions security architecture in preparation for a future in which the U.S. is no longer the principal guarantor of regional security but only one of several major actors. Asian governments are now actively debating how best to institutionalize security dialogue and new patterns of cooperation that will deal with emerging sources of instability and, at the same time, keep the U.S. engaged in the region as a benign balancer. This paper discusses the foundations of U.S. strategy towards the defense of Asia and proposals for enhanced multilateral security cooperation to respond to the altered strategic environment in the region.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics