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U.S. Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia: Implications for Current Regional Issues

CHARLES H. STEVENSON
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Vol. 14, No. 2 (September 1992), pp. 87-111
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25798145
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

This article explores the strategies and objectives of United States foreign policy in Southeast Asia since the turn of the present century. It argues that U.S. regional strategy before and after World War II was based upon a concrete definition of its overarching objectives. These objectives were stability, trade and access. After World War II, these objectives were tied to a general security policy of opposing socialist systems. The result was a host of strategies designed to meet the demands of the time, which laid the seeds of suspicion and contradictory attitudes within and among Southeast Asian countries. Today, as evidence, there is a divergence of views between the United States and its closest ally in the region, the Philippines. This article also attempts to identify U.S. regional strategies and objectives in the 1990s. Finally, it asks: what are America's real objectives and strategies in Southeast Asia today?

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