Asian Perspective

Provides articles on global, regional, and transnational issues affecting Northeast Asia.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, 2009

Allied to Race? the U.S.-Korea Alliance and Arms Race
The Republic of Korea has rapidly increased its defense budget in recent years. Last year's spending of 26.6 trillion won represents a twofold increase from ten years ago. Now the Ministry of National Defense projects an annual average increase of 7.6...
An Emerging Trend in East Asia: Military Budget Increases and Their Impact
The recent military budget increases in East Asia are motivated by various factors-flash point-driven, hedging strategy-driven, or governance-driven-but they do necessarily trigger an arms race in the region. Domestic politics within Japan, South Korea,...
Bucks for the Bang: North Korea's Nuclear Program and Northeast Asian Military Spending
Delineating the impact of North Korea's nuclear program on overall military spending among the other principal states of Northeast Asia is challenging. This article presents a foundation to address that challenge. After summarizing key elements of North...
China's Military Spending: Soft Rise or Hard Threat?
Interpreting China's military expenditure has been a complicated issue with important regional implications. This article will first look at the various estimates of China's military budget and the discrepancies in the numbers as well as the geopolitical...
Introduction to the Special Issue: AN ARMS RACE IN NORTHEAST ASIA?
In the early 1990s, in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, the world was anticipating a "peace dividend" from the end of the cold war. In one part of the world, however, military spending was not slowing down. "Asia is in the midst of its most peaceful...
Japan's Military Spending at a Crossroads
Japan's military budget has held steady at below one percent of its GDP. Japan spends heavily on personnel for its Self-Defense Forces, support of U.S. bases in Japan, and development of its ballistic missile defense and space development. Yet in recent...
Military Spending and the Arms Race on the Korean Peninsula
The two Koreas have failed to produce any meaningful achievements in military confidence-building measures, arms control, and arms reduction. Moreover, South Korea's continued competitive edge over the North in conventional weapons capability has driven...