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Asia in Global Security: An Epicentre of New Instability
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2006 (English)In: The Stockholm Journal of East Asian Studies, ISSN 0284-883X, Vol. 16, 9-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In post-Cold War Europe the risk of major armed conflicts has been reduced to a very low level, and unconventional threats such as terrorism currently dominate European security concerns. In Asia by contrast, the picture is much gloomier; there is still a risk of conventional inter-state conflicts and power struggles, as well as unconventional threats. There are two flash-points in East Asia, the Korean Peninsula and the Taiwan Strait, where the risk of inter-state conflict involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) cannot be ruled out in the worst case of conflict escalation. Additionally, the East China Sea and Spratly Islands can be counted as a risk zone. China’s rapid military build-up is a challenge to many countries in the region. Meanwhile, the USA’s overseas forces are undergoing global re-deployment and re-organization, another factor of regional security uncertainty in the coming years. The lack of credible regional confidence and security building measures in East Asia can only aggravate this already volatile situation.

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Stockholm: CPAS , 2006. Vol. 16, 9-16 p.
Keyword [en]
Asian security, Asia, global security, WMD proliferation, North Korea, Taiwan
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13168OAI: diva2:179688
Available from: 2008-02-28 Created: 2008-02-28 Last updated: 2010-02-01Bibliographically approved

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