Asia-Pacific: The Case for Geopolitical Optimism

Uncertainties concerning the nature of the emerging international order are nowhere greater than in the vast region of the Asia-Pacific.

Issue: Winter 1994-1995

Uncertainties concerning the nature of the emerging international order are nowhere greater than in the vast region of the Asia-Pacific. Prognoses concerning the political future range from expectations that economic growth will bring democratization, respect for human rights and peace, to forebodings that latent historical animosities, cultural cleavages, demographic and ecological pressures, and the rivalries and arms races characteristic of changing power balances foreshadow a turbulent future--and quite possibly, a disastrous one.

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