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Taiwan's Security in the Changing International System

Dennis Van Vranken Hickey
 
ISBN: 978-1-55587-627-2
$55.00
1997/250 pages/LC: 96-34628

"Whether or not one fully shares in the author's point of view, one cannot escape acknowledging the importance of the contributions made by this well-crafted and well-organized volume.... Should be a part of any major library in comparative politics and international relations."—Journal of Asian Studies

"A logical and persuasive analysis of the subject ... For both the well-informed and the not-so- well–informed, Taiwan's Security is a valuable reference document."—American Journal of Chinese Studies

DESCRIPTION

One of the most critical tasks facing Taiwan's government in the post-Cold War era is the need to reassess its security environment. In this context, Hickey discusses the island's security concerns, the structure and composition of its armed forces, and its defensive strategy. He also explores the opportunities and challenges for Taipei generated by recent transformations in the international system.

Hickey suggests that, on balance, the end of the Cold War and a conjunction of several long-term trends are combining to enhance Taiwan's security. He cautions, however, that domestic political developments within the People's Republic of China may offset some of the gains generated by systemic changes. These domestic considerations played a paramount role in the perilous deterioration of cross-Strait relations during 1995 and 1996.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dennis Van Vranken Hickey is professor of political science at Southwest Missouri State University. He is author of U.S.-Taiwan Security Ties: From the Cold War to Beyond Containment.

CONTENTS

  • TAIWAN'S SECURITY ENVIRONMENT.
  • Taiwan and National Security.
  • Taiwan's Military: Structure, Composition, and Issues.
  • Taiwan's Security Strategy: Policies, Options, and Prospects.
  • ENHANCEMENTS TO TAIWAN'S SECURITY.
  • U.S.-PRC Relations.
  • Taiwan's Recent Arms Purchases.
  • Taiwan's Democratization and Economic Clout.
  • Pragmatic Diplomacy and Taiwan's National Security.
  • CHALLENGES TO TAIWAN'S SECURITY.
  • The Taiwanese Independence Movement.
  • The PRC Military Buildup and the East Asian Arms Race.
  • U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1990s.
  • Conclusions.