First published in 1986. This book integrates current knowledge about the military, political, economic, and cultural roles of the armed forces in sixteen Asian countries, examining the interplay of these factors and their bearing on each society's civil-military relations. The authors explore the history, current status, and potential future course of each country. Analyzing all key Asian armed forces, they provide a comprehensive view of the military's domestic role-a crucial factor in assessing the foreign and defense policy options facing Asia as a whole.
Table of Contents
PART ONE EAST ASIA 1 The Role of the Armed Forces in Contemporary China, 2 Taiwan's Armed Forces, 3 Japan's Self-Defense Forces, 4 The Societal Role of the ROK Armed Forces 5 North Korea: A Garrison State, PART TWO SOUTHEAST ASIA 6 The People's Army of Vietnam, 7 The Political Dynamics of Military Power in Thailand,8 The Role of the Armed Forces and Police in Malaysia,9 The Role of the Military in Singapore,10 The Role of the Indonesian Armed Forces,11 The Changing Role of the Philippine Military During Martial Law and the Implications for the Future, 12 The Vanguard Army: The Tatmadaw and Politics in Revolutionary Burma, PART THREE SOUTH ASIA 13 Civil-Military Relations in Post-Colonial India,14 The Role of the Military in Contemporary Pakistan,15 The Armed Forces in Bangladesh Society, 16 The Military and Politics in Afghanistan: Before and After the Revolution, PART FOUR CROSS-REGIONAL ANALYSIS 17 Regional Threat Environments in Asia: Problems of Aggregation
Edward A. Olsen is associate professor of national security affairs and coordinator of Asian-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Stephen Jurika, Jr., is adjunct professor of national security affairs at the school