The Pacific Basin: New Challenges for the United States

The Pacific Basin: New Challenges for the United States

The Pacific Basin: New Challenges for the United States

The Pacific Basin: New Challenges for the United States

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Life in the United States has already been affected in many ways by developments in the Pacific basin. Few of us, however, have the knowledge required to appreciate the magnitude—and the significance for the future — of these changes. Yet our lives, and those of our children, will be profoundly influenced by policies that the United States and many other countries are now formulating that will affect trade, investment, security, and political relations in the Pacific region.

The Academy of Political Science, in cooperation with the East Asian Institute and the Center on Japanese Economy and Business of Columbia University, commissioned a group of experts to write papers dealing with major elements of the complex and changing conditions in the Pacific basin. Some of the papers were discussed at a conference at Columbia University on 11 November 1985. The discussions underscored the value of an up-to-date volume of authoritative and forward-looking analyses of selected topics.

The views expressed in this volume are those of the authors and not necessarily those of any organizations with which they are associated. The Academy of Political Science serves as a forum for the development and dissemination of opinion on public-policy questions, but it does not make recommendations on political and social issues. The East Asian Institute is Columbia University's center for research, publication, and teaching on modern East Asia; its series of Studies were inaugurated in 1962 to bring to a wider public the results of significant new research on the countries of the area. The Center on Japanese Economy and Business is an agency of research recently established in Columbia's Graduate School of Business. The Academy and the East Asian Institute express their appreciation to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Exxon Corporation, Pfizer, and Corning Glass Works Foundation for helping to finance this project. They are also grateful to William Farr, Robert Barrios, Heather Conley, and Jamie Berger for editing the manuscripts and supervising the production of this volume.

C. LOWELL HARRISS
Executive Director, The Academy of Political Science

JAMES W. MORLEY
Director, East Asian Institute of Columbia University . . .

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