New Era in Asia

February 14, 1992 • Volume 2, Issue 6
The Cold War's end forces changes in U.S. policies


With the end of the Cold War, American foreign policy is entering a period of sweeping readjustment. And nowhere is the need for new policies clearer than in East Asia. Long held together by their opposition to the Soviet Union, the United States and its Asian allies are now finding that their most crucial interests in the strategic region -- especially concerning trade -- are frequently in conflict. The United States is currently re-evaluating its longstanding economic embargo against Vietnam, for example, and there is the continuing trade dispute with Japan. From a strategic standpoint, potential hot spots still remain -- particularly in unpredictable North Korea and in newly hard-line China -- that could escalate if the rancorous trade disputes can't be resolved.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Bilateral and Regional Trade
Regional Political Affairs: East Asia and the Pacific
U.S. at War: Cold War