One Step Back? Reassessing an Ideal Security State for Asia 2025
Edited by L. Gordon Flake
The Mansfield Foundation’s newest book is the product of the second year of an ongoing research partnership between the Foundation and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) through Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The aim of this research partnership is to identify and refine the “ideal” state of peace and security in Northeast Asia in 2025. The first year of the project focused on defining the characteristics of an ideal security state in Northeast Asia in the year 2025. The second year of the project provided an opportunity to evaluate the ideal in the context of developments in the region since 2009. Experts from Asia and the Pacific met in 2010 to refine the ideal in light of these developments and to identify key issues related to the ideal. Leading scholars from the region then prepared policy papers examining these issues and recommending policies to reduce the divergence between current trends and the ideal. Their papers provided the content for a November 2010 workshop and public conference in Korea. The book compiles the papers as modified following these discussions.
Papers from the first year of this project were published last year in Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025, available here.