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Impact of Strategic Culture on U.S. Policies for East Asia

Authored by Colonel Frank L. Miller Jr.. | November 2003

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U.S. national security strategy calls in part for building on our alliances and friendships to enhance regional security. In so doing, our policymakers often treat these relationships from a global perspective, ignoring local norms and creating unnecessary friction in each relationship. This paper will demonstrate the need for regional and, at times, subregional approaches to collective security, using examples from the Asia-Pacific Region. A necessary comparison between the various styles of defi ning and achieving security leads to a set of policy recommendations that would best achieve U.S. security interests in the Asia-Pacific Region.