East Asia and the Pacific: Challenges for U.S. Policy
By Robert G. Sutter
Westview Press, 1992, 182 pp.
Japan, the U.S. and Prospects for the Asia-Pacific Century: Three Scenarios
By Richard P. Cronin
St. Martin's Press, 1992, 155 pp.
Both Robert Sutter and Richard Cronin are respected analysts of the Congressional Research Service who specialize in U.S. relations with East Asia. For many years, they have been providing the U.S. Congress with authoritative analyses of the dilemmas facing U.S. policy in Asia. Their reports are not generally available to the public. But these two volumes, based on those reports, provide a fertile beginning for anyone, specialist or generalist, who seeks to reassess U.S. policy in East Asia now that the Cold War is over. Sutter provides a balanced, insightful and comprehensive survey of U.S. policy toward the entire region, while Cronin focuses on what ought to be the major priority for the Clinton administration--U.S. relations with Japan. Both authors are concerned about the widespread perception in Asia that the United States is preoccupied with North American concerns and may withdraw from the Asia-Pacific region.