Naval War College Review


Robert Marabito


The growing economic, strategic, and cultural importance of Asia calls for a U.S. foreign policy attuned to the unique environment of this diverse area. As this economic dreadnought emerges from the fog of uneven treaties, wars, and cultural misunderstanding, U.S. politico-military thinkers must recog- nize the pressures of history and geog- raphy that will dislodge any policy not firmly anchored in Asian realities. Northeast Asia in particular, with its in- creasing importance in world trade, its potential for undersea resource develop- ment, archipelagic territorial disputes, and the possibility of environmental catastro- phe caused by its rapid industrialization and nuclear-waste dumping at sea, is vital to U.S. geostrategic interests.