Democratization and National Identity in the China-Taiwan and Korean Conflicts

  • Shale Horowitz
  • Uk Heo
  • Alexander C. Tan


Since September 11, 2001, international relations and conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia have attracted the lion’s share of attention from analysts and journalists. This is especially true in the United States, given that tens of thousands of U.S. troops are fighting insurgent-terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately, there has been corresponding neglect in covering and analyzing other regions. Of these other regions, East Asia is undoubtedly the most important. Most people are well aware of the economic prowess of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, and over the last 25 years, of China’s rise to become the “factory of the world.” There is less awareness that the region harbors two of the world’s most dangerous conflicts—between China and Taiwan, and between North and South Korea. Both of these conflicts could involve the United States and its key ally Japan in massive conventional wars, which might escalate into nuclear wars.


National Identity Chinese Communist Party Authoritarian Regime Democratic Progressive Party Nuclear Program 
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  • Shale Horowitz
  • Uk Heo
  • Alexander C. Tan

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