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Last Quarter: The Next Twenty-Five Years in Asia and the Pacific
Last Quarter: The Next Twenty-Five Years in Asia and the Pacific
By Malcolm Booker
Melbourne University Press, 1978, 228 pp

A retired Australian Foreign Service officer has written a provocative book on the strategic trends in the Pacific that are likely to shape the last quarter of the 20th century. He foresees a perilous conjunction of circumstances: the doubling of the population of Asia; an unavoidable energy shortage; the expansion of Soviet power and the fading of the American; and the reemergence of China. He urges the establishment of a regional collective security organization and the reorganization of the Australian armed services and defense industries. Although many of the ideas and recommendations are arguable, the book is rich in historical and geopolitical insight.