Security and economics: the military expenditures of the ASEAN countries

by Guy J. Pauker

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A full discussion of the economic conditions and military expenditures of the five ASEAN countries (Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia). Though these countries feel strong defense pressures, they have held their military spending in line. Their level of military expenditures indicates that the highest priority of these five governments is implementation of national development. Also, the amount of foreign military assistance being given to these countries suggests that no imminent external threats to national security are perceived by these countries and that they prefer limited or no alliance commitments to advanced weapons systems through special arrangements with the United States.

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