Academic journal article Military Review

Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-02

Academic journal article Military Review

Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-02

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STRATEGIC ASIA: Power and Purpose, 2001-02, eds., Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg, The National Bureau of Asian Research, Seattle, WA, 2001, 378 pages, $19.95.

Strategic Asia 2001-02: Power and Purpose, consists of an annually published report and a "Strategic Asia" database. Both contain current economic, military, and political data for all countries in what has been labeled by the project as Strategic Asia which encompasses countries located within the Asia-Pacific regions plus Canada and the United States.

The 2001-02 report, the first of the program series, focuses on framing issues for the project. The report also provides definitions and contextual framing of the Strategic Asia categorization. The report presents the stage setting of each of the countries included in the Strategic Asia realm, including their placement, power, and purpose within the region and the interrelationships with other states within the region. The report also assesses significant trends across the region and provides current expert analyses of the critical subregions of strategic Asia-china, Japan, Korea, Russia, South Asia, and Southwest Asia. The country study chapters, collectively, provide a detailed outline of the current strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific. …

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