America's Role in Asia in 2004: An Overview

The dramatic reassessment of U.S. foreign policy priorities in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has affected virtually every country in Asia, and underscored the extent to which America's own security is directly tied to that of the broader Asia-Pacific region.

While no Asian countries were affected by September 11th, their responses differed in significant ways. Given the political, economic, and security interests of the United States in the region, it is essential that both Americans and Asians contribute to solvng problems of mutual concern -- from the "traditional" security challenges of the Korean peninsula, China-Taiwan, and India-Pakistan to religious extremism, globalization, and international terrorism. This volume, America's Role in Asia: American Views, and its companion volume, America's Role in Asia: Asian Views, resulted from a year-long project on U.S.-Asian relations sponsored by The Asia Foundation. Each volume puts forward views and recommendations for U.S. policy toward the region by a distinguished group of Asian and Americans. If workable solutions are to be found, perspectives from both sides of the Pacific must be heard.