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 offers new routes to the study of contemporary security issues in East
Asia. By drawing together a network of scholars from the U.S., Japan, South
Korea, China and Taiwan, PASS provides in-depth research on long-term security
concerns with a focus on mapping the impact of domestic politics on regional
PASS organizes conferences and lectures at Duke and around the U.S. that bring
together scholars, policy analysts and government officials. Recent programs
have been held at the United States Military Academy and the University of South
Carolina, in addition to Duke University.
Professor Emerson Niou, Professor of Political
Science, is the director of the Program. He 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). His current research examines the formation and dissolution
of alliances and federations in anarchic international systems, and village
elections in China. His recent paper with Brett Benson on "strategic ambiguity"
in U.S. policy toward China and Taiwan is available as a PASS working paper.
For additional information, contact Professor Emerson Niou,
Program in Asian Security Studies, Box 90204, Duke University, Durham, North
Carolina 27708, USA.