The ASEAN Regional Forum: Asian Security without an American Umbrella.
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The author argues that Asia is looking for stability and that U.S. support for the goals of ASEAN, through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, offers a unique opportunity to foster stability, prosperity, and the furthering of democracy in that region. Therefore, the author contends, multilateral dialogues, supported by the kind of credibility that results when policy and diplomacy have the support of strong, ready military forces, is needed. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum ARF, first held in July 1994 in Bangkok, Thailand, is a unique, Asian-led experiment in multilateral security in Asia. It took shape at a time when the United States seemed to have withdrawn from its leading role in regional and world security, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, according to quotes attributed to a senior Chinese leader by former Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Freeman, despite assurances from Washington, the perception in Asia is that the United States would never trade one of its cities Los Angeles was the city in question for the goal of securing peace for one of its friends in Asia.
- Government and Political Science