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IR Working Paper 1992/1
Andrew Mack, ‘After the Cold War and the Gulf War: Prospects for Security in the Asia-Pacific’, IR Working Paper 1992/1, Canberra: Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, February 1992.
This paper examines the implications of the end of the Cold War and the US victory in the Gulf for security in the Asia-Pacific region. It argues that the uniquely favourable conditions for the use of massive force by the US, with political and economic support from the international community, will not occur again and thus the Gulf victory has little direct importance for the Pacific. The end of the Cold War, on the other hand, brings both obvious benefits and possible dangers. The nature of these dangers – and some possible policies to alleviate them – are explored in the last half of this paper.