Accession Number : ADA328379

Title :   United States Political/Economic Interests and Policy Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Cain, Barbara S.

PDF Url : ADA328379

Report Date : APR 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : Since World War II the United States has been heavily involved in the Asia-Pacific region. Immediately following the war our national interest in that region was obvious--the stabilization and rehabilitation of Japan. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. became involved with the defeat/containment of communism. The U.S. had lost' China, almost lost Korea (in fact, did lose North Korea), and feared losing areas of Southeast Asia (domino theory). America continued with visible involvement in the attempt to keep Vietnam free from communism and somewhat less visible involvement in many of the other countries in the region. The containment of communism was such a significant, in fact, overwhelming part of foreign policy, that other interests in the area became secondary and were hardly mentioned. With the end of the Cold War, large budget and trade deficits, domestic problems, etc., many Americans are questioning the continued expensive military involvement in Japan and South Korea. The purpose of this paper is to answer the two questions: (1) What are America's interests in the Asia-Pacific region?, and, (2) What current political and economic issues are driving the confusion over priorities in U.S. policy and why? I will address these questions separately in two sections and then conclude with some suggestions for U.S. policy makers based on the discussion.

Descriptors :   *FOREIGN POLICY, *UNITED STATES, *GEOPOLITICS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *ASIA, NORTH KOREA, WARFARE, GLOBAL, MILITARY STRATEGY, ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, NATIONAL SECURITY, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, POLITICAL ALLIANCES, JAPAN, COLD WAR, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, KOREA, PACIFIC OCEAN, COMMUNISM, VIETNAM, SOUTH KOREA, FAR EAST.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE