Asian Values, American Interests. A Framework for Confidence Building in Southeast Asia
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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Southeast Asia presents a challenge, unique among the regions studied, in presenting a relatively benign security environment among a group of stable, prosperous economies. Relations among the nations of the region are good, and internal stability and legitimacy have been achieved politically, albeit under relatively authoritarian regimes. Such a situation might invite complacency, yet, ironically, it is precisely that complacency that could be the source of future instability. The challenge of maintaining the current regime of stable, prosperous countries requires a continuing, active U.S. presence in the region that antagonizes neither the countries in the region, nor potential competitors outside the region. This paper examines current U.S. national interests and objectives in Southeast Asia, discusses the context of and challenges to securing those interests, and proposes a light-handed approach calibrated to the sensitivities and needs of Southeast Asians.
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