This comprehensive study provides a detailed analysis of the military buildup in the East Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Japan, and North and South Korea. Hickey assesses the capabilities, strategies, intentions, and performance of each government's military in the context of the potential for regional instability and conflict. In his concluding chapter, he also explores U. S. objectives in the region and examines the implications of recent developments for U. S. foreign policy.
Dennis Van Vranken Hickey is professor of political science at Southwest Missouri State University. His publications include United States–Taiwan Security Ties: From Cold War to Beyond Containment and Taiwan's Security in the Changing International System.