Regions / Asia & Pacific
Though Washington viewed the country as a mere sideshow to U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, U.S. actions in Cambodia were decisive in leading to the destabilization of the neutral government under Prince Norodom Sihanouk and triggering a slow slide into more than two decades of violence.
A nonaligned, economically autarkic, one-party state under harsh military rule since 1962, Burma has metamorphosed into a test case for action on several fronts: human rights in Southeast Asia, international trade relations and the World Trade Organization (WTO), the growing worldwide heroin epidemic, and the role of foreign investors in supporting dictatorships.
For the cold war generation, U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia/Pacific region was simple, straightforward, and secure.
Close trade and security ties bind the U.S. and Japan in a web of interdependence.
As the country in the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) that leads the effort to seek rapid tariffs reductions, Indonesia is the darling of U.S. export industries.
The Asia/Pacific region is the geopolitical center of the struggle for world power.
The unquiet legacy of foreign intervention still casts a long shadow over U.S. policy in Indochina.
The controversy that surrounded North Korea's incipient nuclear capacity had the fortuitous outcome of engaging the U.S. in direct and fruitful dialogue with the DPRK.
Pakistani aid together with support from Pashtun traders and tribesmen enabled the Taliban to capture Kabul.