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The past 20 years have been a time of relative peace in Asia and, notwithstanding the 1997-1998 financial crisis, a period of robust economic growth as well. Currently, however, Asia is beset by a variety of problems that could well imperil the stability it has long enjoyed — including territorial disputes, nuclear rivalry, rising nationalist sentiments, and increased military capabilities. This report summarizes the manner in which the United States can best meet these challenges and thereby ensure continued peace and stability in the region. In the interests of this goal, the report outlines an integrated political, military, and economic strategy that the United States can pursue to inhibit the growth of rivalries in Asia and, more broadly, prevent the rise of instability in the region. Also delineated are changes in U.S. military posture that will be made necessary by this strategy.

Table of Contents

  • Preface PDF

  • Figures PDF

  • Tables PDF

  • Summary PDF

  • Acknowledgements

    Acknowledgments PDF

  • Acronyms PDF

  • Chapter One

    The USAF and Asia PDF

  • Chapter Two

    The Changing Asian Political-Military Environment PDF

  • Chapter Three

    U.S. Strategy for a Changing Asia PDF

  • Chapter Four

    Implications for the Military and USAF: The Challenges of Change PDF

  • Appendix A

    The Changing Political-Military Environment: Northeast Asia PDF

    Jonathan D. Pollack

  • Appendix B

    The Changing Political-Military Environment: China PDF

  • Appendix C

    The Changing Political-Military Environment: Southeast Asia PDF

    Angel Rabasa

  • Appendix D

    The Changing Political-Military Environment: South Asia PDF

    Ashley J. Tellis

  • Bibliography PDF

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