Academic journal article Military Review

The United States and Asia: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture

Academic journal article Military Review

The United States and Asia: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture

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THE UNITED STATES AND ASIA: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture, Zalmay Khalilzad, ed., The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA, 2001, 260 pages, $20.00.

The United States and Asia: Toward a New US. Strategy and Force Posture, a futures book, vividly analyzes the political environment and how it will affect U.S. national interests. Considering Asia's economic miracles during the last two decades and the stabilizing role the U.S. military provides to the region, the essays in this book suggest that continued U.S. involvement in the region is consistent with current and future national interests. Specifically, they advise that long-term national interests require the United States to directly intervene in Asia to achieve three necessary objectives: the prevention of a regional hegemony, the maintenance of regional stability, and the management of Asia's transformation.

The essays recommend a detailed four-part strategy to help attain the three objectives. First, the United States, where possible, should transform bilateral security alliances into multilateral security alliances. These alliances could then work to strengthen and preserve Asia's security environment. Second, the United States should foster an effective regional balance of power to check future aspirations of regional hegemony by China, India, or Russia. …

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