problem is of greater importance
to East Asian states today than ensuring the region's peace and stability.
The Cold War's end has prompted the key powers in East Asia to reevaluate
their national security objectives. In addition to general security
concerns, three trouble spots -- the Taiwan Straits, the Korean Peninsula,
and the South China Sea--are particularly destabilizing. Given the
increasing importance of East Asia and the growing security concerns
in this area, Duke University established the Program in Asian Security
Studies (PASS) in 1998. PASS sponsors conferences, seminars and lectures
to encourage critical research and discussion of East Asian security
policy issues. It has recently inaugurated a new Korea
Forum designed to promote a greater understanding of the significant
cultural, social, economic and political contributions of Korea to
East Asia and to the world.
Emerson Niou is the director of the Program. Dr. Niou, Professor of Political Science at Duke University,
received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Texas at Austin
and specializes in formal theory, international relations and East
Asian politics. He is the coauthor of The Balance of Power
(Cambridge University Press, 1989).