Asian Perspective

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

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 4, 2011

A Collaborative China-US Approach to Space Security
China and the United States have developed a complex relationship. Facing common threats such as missile proliferation and regional instability, they tend to collaborate for mutual benefit. However, the two countries have hedged against each other for...
An International Relations Perspective on the Science, Politics, and Potential of an Extraterrestrial Sino-US Arms Race
This article brings an international relations perspective to the discussion of the science and policy of avoiding a Sino-US arms race in space. A blind adherence to realist and space nationalist assumptions, without considering alternative approaches...
Building Security in Space: A Brief Introduction
IN EARLY APRIL 2011 WE CONVENED AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AT the University of Hawaii titled "Avoiding an Arms Race in Space." The idea was to bring space scientists from the United States and China together with international relations specialists to...
Chinese and US Kinetic Energy Space Weapons and Arms Control
A number of gaps divide reality from perception concerning the kinetic energy ballistic missile defense and antisatellite (ASAT) weapons developed, tested, and possessed by the United States and China. This article explains the equivalence of these supposedly...
Global Missile Defense Cooperation and China
US-Russia ballistic missile defense (BMD) cooperation can improve strategic stability between both countries, but this cooperation would pose a potential threat to China's strategic security, especially if it is a closed and deep cooperation. The United...
Security in Space: What Is at Stake and How Do We Move Forward?
In recent decades, satellites have become increasingly important in the economic, civil, and military spheres. At the same time, space has become more crowded with satellites and the debris from their use, and many more states have become spacefaring....
The Space Debris Problem
Near-Earth orbits are becoming congested as a result of an increase in the number of objects in space-operational satellites as well as orbital space debris. The risk of collisions between satellites and space debris is also growing. Controlling the...
What Drives the Development of US Missile Defense and Space-Based Weapons? the Role of US Domestic Interest Groups
Whereas much attention is devoted to negotiating norms and formal agreements for the peaceful use of outer space, domestic factors that push for the development of space-based weapons receive minimal attention. Despite serious doubt about the effectiveness...