U.S.-ASEAN Security Relations: Challenges And Prospects

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U.S.-ASEAN Security Relations: Challenges And Prospects

By Muthiah Alagappa
Malaysian Institute of Strategic and International Studies, 1989
35 pp.

This monograph provides a balanced overview of U.S.-ASEAN security relations. Alagappa, a senior fellow at ISIS and a former officer in the Malaysian armed forces, provides a useful discussion of the Philippine bases issue and a sensible conclusion that advises the United States to adopt a more positive approach toward ZOPFAN, the still rather vague ASEAN notion of a zone of peace, freedom and neutrality in Southeast Asia. Alagappa contends that the United States can influence the development of this notion to secure U.S. interests because it is thought of as a process and not as a goal to be achieved quickly.

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