The United States, Japan, and Australia: Security Linkages to Southeast Asia
ARIZONA STATE UNIV TEMPE DEPT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
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The United States, Japan, and Australia have been described as the post-Cold War democratic neo-liberal anchors for Asia-Pacific security. This description seems apt because liberal capitalist democracies depend on open trade and investment for growth and prosperity. Nevertheless, strategic imperatives for the three allies differ the United States is a global power with concomitant security interests of which the Asia-Pacific is a single--albeit very important--component Japan is a major Asian economic player whose security concerns have focused on its Northeast Asian neighbors and Australia, although a close American ally and friend of Japans, is primarily involved with threats to Southeast Asian stability and the South Pacific. These differing--though not incompatible--priorities play out in their relations with Southeast Asia.
- Government and Political Science
- Defense Systems