Accession Number : ADA316765

Title :   The Major Powers in Northeast Asian Security,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Cossa, Ralph A.

PDF Url : ADA316765

Report Date : AUG 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : The political, economic, and security environment of the Asia-Pacific region in the 21St century will be shaped in very large part by the interrelationships among the United States, Japan, China, and Russia. To the extent these four nations can cooperate, a generally benign environment can develop in which the challenges sure to develop in the region can be managed. Conversely, tensions and conflict among the four will have a profoundly destabilizing impact regionally, if not globally. This monograph addresses the future roles and interests of the four major Asia-Pacific powers and how their policies will affect security in Northeast Asia and, more specifically, on the Korean Peninsula as we enter the 21St century. Each of these powers is undergoing a transition of sorts. In the case of the United States and possibly Japan, the changes may be more of style than substance, but will impact their respective foreign policy outlooks nonetheless. In the case of China and especially Russia, the potential for significant change is much greater. There is a high degree of unpredictability regarding the future paths of these two nations as we approach the 21st century. The future course and behavior of the two Koreas, individually and (at some unpredictable point in the future) together, add to the uncertainty. While the four major powers have the ability to influence events on the Korean Peninsula, they cannot direct or fully orchestrate them. On the other hand, actions by the Koreas can force policy choices by the big four that they might otherwise not pursue; the Korean 'tail' has on occasion proven itself capable of wagging some very large dogs.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *SECURITY, *MILITARY PLANNING, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *NORTHEAST ASIA, *BALANCE OF POWER, *STRATEGIC AREAS, UNCERTAINTY, STABILITY, UNITED STATES, ECONOMICS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, FORECASTING, JAPAN, RUSSIA, KOREA, CHINA.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE