To many observers, the end of the Cold War presages the spread of democratic capitalism throughout the world. Indeed, some analysts have looked at recent events and seen a new world. The end of Communism, however, has yet to fulfill that promise, as evidenced most clearly by ethnic struggles in Europe. As the world scene changes, a sensible strategy for international relations requires valid, up-to-date information, especially regarding regions critical to the increasingly interdependent world economy. One important region in the world economy, though often overlooked, is northeast Asia. As discussions tend to focus on the changes taking place in Europe following the Cold War, many forget to mention the equally significant changes elsewhere. The area of northeast Asia is a region in flux, and establishing a new security equilibrium there now is as difficult as it was during the Cold War. William Odom analyzes the security strategies of each Northeast Asian nation and, specifically, their strategies toward one another within the region. Japan, the two Koreas, China, and Russia are the major powers in which the book provides in-depth analysis. Finally, the book lays out some possible scenarios for the future of the region and analyzes the likely results of the U.S.s possible policy choices.