The Nuclear Posture Review and Northeast Asia: Theoretical and Practical Implications

  • William E. BerryJr.
Part of the Initiatives in Strategic Studies: Issues and Policies book series (ISSIP)


Domestic political issues dominated the 2000 presidential campaign between Al Gore and George W. Bush. Nonetheless, both candidates understood that issues related to national security and the international economy were important to many Americans, and would be at least mentioned in some of the presidential debates. For most of the campaign leading up to the 2000 elections, Northeast Asia occupied candidate Bush’s attention principally in connection with larger policy considerations. For instance, in his September 1999 speech to the Citadel, Bush spoke of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a threat to Taiwan and expressed reservations about China’s development of missile technologies. Similarly, he warned that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea) could “reach across the oceans” to threaten the United States. Both of these examples were given places of prominence in Bush’s arguments to develop and deploy missile defenses and to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.1


Nuclear Weapon Bush Administration Ballistic Missile Unilateral Action Missile Defense 
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