U.S.-Asian Relations: The National Security Paradox
Edited by James C. Hsiung
Praeger, 1983, 208 pp.
In this collective effort to define the Reagan Administration's policy towards Asia, the best essay is by Norman Levin, an analyst for Rand. He argues that the current policy is not a dramatic departure from but rather "an evolutionary extension" of the last two years of the Carter Administration. To strengthen U.S. positions in the region, there has been a renewed commitment to treaty allies, an expansion of U.S. military assistance, an effort to build a loose coalition of friendly powers in the region, a significant expansion of the U.S. posture in the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia, and, finally, a major naval buildup.
Although Levin concludes that the Reagan policy in Asia has had a number of positive effects, he cautions that the Administration has yet to devise a strategy for moderating superpower competition and "ultimately coming to grips with the Soviet Union as an Asian power."