Organizations in East Asia and the United States as well as international networks are developing alternatives to militarized security that address the security of women, children, and the physical environment.
Asian Financial Crisis
Indonesia After Suharto
U.S.-China Security Relations (revised Apr 1999)
The South Asian Nuclear Crisis
Key Points U.S. political intrigue and bombing campaigns played a major role in destabilizing Cambodia between 1969 and 1975. Between 1.5 and 2 million people were killed in the Khmer Rouge genocide from 1975-79. The extra-constitutional seizure of power by the second prime minister Hun Sen in July 1997 threatens to reverse Cambodia’s progress.
For the cold war generation, U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia/Pacific region was simple, straightforward, and secure. In the minds of America’s foreign policy and defense elites, the only point of reference that mattered was the Soviet Union; everything else flowed from there. That proved true whether Washington was taking sides in the long-standing dispute between India and Pakistan, warming to China, or reacting to Japan’s growing trade imbalance. It was true whether the U.S. was dealing with any of the three subregions: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, or South Asia.