publication . Thesis . 1995

Naval trends in ASEAN: is there a new arms race?

Jones, Frank Curtis;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Dec 1995
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Abstract
Global military spending is decreasing. However this trend does not apply to some regions of the world, specifically Southeast Asia. This thesis describes the ongoing naval arms buildup in this region and examines why it is occurring when the rest of the world is decreasing military spending. Next, this thesis asks if this arms build-up is dangerous. Unlike many other arms races around the world, the Southeast Asian build-up is not particularly dangerous because of the parallel development of confidence and security building measures. I answer this question affirmatively and then examine the causes of this situation. Using three countries as case studies -- Thai...
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