The Pacific is growing in importance with the common belief that the 21st Century will be the Pacific Century. This series comprise articles that explore military and strategic issues as they affect the Asia-Pacific.


William T Tow
1988 42pp RM6.00/US$3.00 ISBN 967-947-075-X

In this assessment of the politics of Sino-Japanese-US military technology relations, the writer delves into the implications of Japan’s participation in the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), high technology exports, defence buildup and military technology transfers. Sino American military technology relations are also discussed before the conclusion is drawn that the implications of Sino-Japanese-US high technology politics are ambiguous but far-reaching for the Asia-Pacifc general security environment. And to a significant degree, the process is clouded by indecision in Washington and Tokyo, and China’s tendency to manipulate both of them.


Igor A Rogachev
1988 25pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-083-0

In this paper presented at an ISIS World Affairs Forum in April 1988, Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister lgor A Rogachev analyses the policies pursued by the Soviet Union in the Asia-Pacific and explains moves being made as part of the Soviet ‘peace offensive’ in the region. In discussions following the paper presentation, Mr Rogachev also tackles questions on issues such as Soviet relations with China, Kampuchea, the INF Treaty and ZOPFAN.

The Asean factor

Gaston J Sigur
1988 8pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-084-9

This paper, delivered by US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Gaston J. Sigur at an ISIS World Affairs Forum in Kuala Lumpur in 1988, discusses the political and security roles of the United States in a region that has undergone dynamic growth and transformation. Other topics discussed include the Asean phenomenon, US-Asean relations and US-Malaysian relations.


H Edward English
1989 9pp RM3.00/US$1.50 ISBN 967-947-104-7

What is the formula for a successful Pacific Community? According to the writer, three questions are fundamental if consensus is to be reached on the Pacific formula. They are:

What is the Pacific and who belongs to the region?
What can and should the Pacific countries be doing together? What are their shared priorities? and
What formal institutions are likely to contribute to the achievement of those priorities?

The writer is professor of economics at Carleton University, Canada, and an acknowledged expert in international trade and business.

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