Naval War College Review

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Review Essay


Bruce Elleman


At the end of the Cold War, the Soviet navy was eliminated almost overnight as the world’s second most powerful naval force. Russia’s Pacific fleet is now so poorly supplied and equipped that it rarely leaves port. This unprecedented reversal of fortune has created a maritime vacuum throughout East Asia, leaving a wide range of regional powers, including the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, and Japan, hoping to fill that vacuum.