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Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn

External Researcher

THOMAS L. WILBORN, a Research Professor of National Security Affairs, is an Asian specialist with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College. His recent publications include Strategic Implications of the U.S.-DPRK Framework Agreement; Japan’s Self-Defense Forces: What Dangers to Northeast Asia?; and Stability, Security Structures, and U.S. Policy for East Asia and the Pacific, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992, respectively. He is also author or coauthor of several other studies and articles related to Asian security, nuclear doctrine, and NATO. Before joining the Institute in 1975, Dr. Wilborn taught international relations and political science at James Madison University and Central Missouri University, and served on a University of Kentucky educational assistance group working at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung, Indonesia. He received his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Kentucky.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn

  • International Politics in Northeast Asia: The China-Japan-United States Strategic Triangle

    March 01, 1996

    Authored by Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn.
    The United States has vital security and economic interests in Northeast Asia, one of the most dynamic regions of the world. This monograph focuses on the three bilateral relationships, those connecting China, Japan, and the United States to each other, which will dominate the future of the region.

  • Strategic Implications of the U.S.-DPRK Framework Agreement

    April 01, 1995

    Authored by Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn.
    The United States and the Democratic People s Republic of Korea (DPRK) signed an unprecedented framework agreement in October 1994 to halt the latter s nuclear weapons program, establish low-level diplomatic contacts between Washington and Pyongyang, and reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula.

  • Security Cooperation with China: Analysis and a Proposal

    November 01, 1994

    Authored by Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn.
    Dr. Wilborn examines U.S.-China security cooperation before Tiananmen, the strategic context in which it took place, and the strategic environment of U.S.-China relations at the present time. He then concludes that the reasons which justified the program of security cooperation with China during the cold war are irrelevant today.

  • Japan's Self-Defense Forces: What Dangers to Northeast Asia?

    May 01, 1994

    Authored by Dr. Thomas L. Wilborn.
    Dr. Thomas Wilborn examines Japan's defense policy and the capabilities of its Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to determine if the fears of a remilitarized Japan have any basis in fact. He concludes that Japanese defense policy places rigid restraints on the SDF, and that currently there is no support for anything but a thoroughly defensive military posture.