Academic journal article Military Review

Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia: Geo-Strategic Goals, Policies and Prospects

Academic journal article Military Review

Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia: Geo-Strategic Goals, Policies and Prospects

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NAVAL STRATEGY IN NORTHEAST ASIA: Geo-strategic Goals, Policies and Prospects, Duk-Ki Kim, Frank Cass, Portland, OR, 2000, 213 pages, $57.50.

Cold War remnants still hang over Northeast Asia. The Korean Peninsula, which remains a major flashpoint, is the site of one of the potential major theater wars that US security strategy addresses. With this situation as his backdrop, Commander Duk-Ki Kim, of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, focuses on maritime relations in this volatile area. In Naval Strategy in Northeast Asia, Kim expresses two aims-to explore options for cooperative maritime security and to examine the regional powers' maritime security policies.

This well-researched book follows the maritime policies of Russia, China, Japan and the United States from the Cold War into the post-Cold War environment. It provides an excellent discussion of regional territorial and border issues that are outside a direct confrontation on the peninsula. These issues include disputes between Russia and Japan, Korea and Japan, and China and Japan.

Despite the fact that Korean maritime strategies are in the middle of the regional conflict, Kim does not discuss South Korean or North Korean maritime policies or maritime boundary disputes. …

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