This book, first published in 1986, examines the challenges the United States faced in maintaining a strong nuclear deterrence capability in the Far East without giving rise to political tensions among its allies. The Soviet aggression in the region, shown in the invasion of Afghanistan and the shooting down of a Korean airliner, demonstrated the need for a Western counterbalance, but the Asian nations were wary of becoming pawns in a nuclear power play between the superpowers. This book evaluates the meaning of Moscow’s military buildup in the global context; analyses the impact of the buildup from the perspective of China, Korea, Japan, the nations of ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand; explores the interaction of the buildup with the unresolved conflict on the Korean peninsula; and assesses the European experience with the Soviet nuclear threat and examines its implications for Asia. It also evaluates the linkages between European and Asian security.
Table of Contents
1. Nuclear Dilemmas and Asian Security: Problems of Coalition Defence in the Nuclear Era Richard H. Solomon and Masataka Kosaka Part 1. The Soviet Military Buildup in the Asia-Pacific Region 2. Asia in a Global Context: Strategic Issues for the Soviet Union Robert A. Scalapino 3. The Soviet Far East Military Buildup: Motives and Prospects Harry Gelman 4. Thinking About the Nuclear Balance in Asia J.J. Martin Part 2. Regional Perspectives on the Soviet Nuclear Threat 5. Soviet Military Deployments in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for China’s Security Yao Wenbin 6. The Soviet Military Buildup: Its Impact on Japan and Its Aims Hiroshi Kimura 7. Theatre Nuclear Weapons and Japan’s Defence Policy Masataka Kosaka 8. The Soviet Military Buildup in the Far East: Implications for the Security of South Korea Young-Sun Ha 9. ANZAC Perspectives on Soviet Power in the Pacific Tom Millar Part 3. Regional Conflict Contingencies 10. Prospects for a New Korean War: Implications for Security in Northeast Asia Fuji Kamiya 11. Indochina, 1982-1985: Peace Yields to War Karl D. Jackson Part 4. The European Experience with the Soviet Nuclear Threat: Implications for Asian Security 12. Distant Relations: Links Between Asian and European Security Henry S. Rowen 13. The European Theatre Nuclear Force Deployment Decision, 1975-1979: Implications for US-Alliance Relations James A. Thomson 14. European and Japanese Public Debate Over INF Modernisation: Lessons for the Future of Western Security Cooperation John Roper and Yukio Satoh
Richard H. Solomon and Masataka Kosaka