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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

16 January 2020
Dr Kuan-Jen Chen’s essay “Projecting Poseidon’s Trident: America’s East Asia and the Shifting Contours of 1950s Postwar Naval Policy” was awarded an honorable mention in the 2019 Cold War essay contest sponsored by the John Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute.

Chen’s essay argues that the 1950s crises of East Asia can be regarded as the turning points that made the US gradually link its maritime space to its strategic concerns in defence of East Asia. The creation of sea-oriented strategic thinking also laid the groundwork for maintenance of the international security in the Asia-Pacific area during both the Cold War and the post-Cold War.