Multilateralism in North East Asia
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
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Over the past ten years, multilateralism, defined as a process or framework used by a group of nations to discuss and resolve issues of an international nature, has emerged as a possible means of enhancing regional security and stability in Northeast Asia. This paper will review the historical context of Northeast Asian security, examine the role of China and the future of the Korean peninsula, both major regional security issues, vis-a-vis multilateralism and posit that a multilateral process, if implemented as a complement to existing security arrangements, can be an effective tool to enhance long term stability. Furthermore, the United States Pacific Command USPACOM can enhance the likelihood that multilateralism will be successful in the long run through continued execution of regional cooperation initiatives and exploitation of real world events including the Global War on Terrorism and the crisis over North Koreas nuclear weapons program.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics