Superpower Cooperation in Southeast Asia
Overt superpower cooperation has been rare in post-World War II Southeast Asia. Although the global code of conduct for United States-Soviet relations has applied to this region, it has been employed more to limit potential conflict than to promote jointly agreed goals. Both Washington and Moscow have consistently advanced nuclear non-proliferation goals in Southeast Asia. They have also ensured that there has been little opportunity for direct military confrontation between themselves. This latter objective is facilitated by Southeast Asia’s maritime environment in which US naval prowess dominates over essentially land-based Soviet military power.
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