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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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Recent Publications

Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific identifies how Asia’s major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes how national power and capabilities interact with strategic culture to shape a country’s military strategies and explains why decision-makers come to favor certain options over others.

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Asia Policy 13.1 (January 2018)

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This issue of Asia Policy includes a roundtable on the strategic implications of China and Russia's growing partnership; a special essay that calls on the United States to resume its leadership role in Asia in response to China's rise; an article on the Chinese Communist Party's use of pen names in the media to convey official views; an article on Vietnam's warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea; and a book review roundtable discussing Terence Roehrig's new book Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War.


The Dilemma Confronting the U.S.-Thailand Relationship

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Kyoto University) assesses the current outlook for U.S.-Thailand relations amid moves by the military government to strengthen ties with China. He argues that the United States risks losing influence in Southeast Asia if democratic reforms fail and discusses options for the United States to pursue the goal of encouraging Thailand’s return to democracy.


Reconstructing Taiwan's Military Strategy: Achieving Forward Defense through Multi-Domain Deterrence

This NBR Special Report supplements the 2017–18 Strategic Asia volume and concludes a three-year study of Taiwan. Building on Steven M. Goldstein's study of the country’s strategic culture in Taiwan: Asia's Orphan? and Robert Sutter and David Gitter's analysis of its material capabilities in Taiwan's Strong but Stifled Foundations of National Power, David An examines the drivers of Taiwan's military strategy. He argues that this strategy is designed first and foremost to deal with the threat posed by the People’s Republic of China and has evolved in response to the changing nature of this threat to encompass not only "resolute defense" but also "multi-domain deterrence."


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Strategic Asia

The Strategic Asia annual edited volume incorporates assessments of economic, political, and military trends and focuses on the strategies that drive policy in the region.

Asia Policy

Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific that draws clear and concise conclusions useful to today’s policymakers.

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NBR Analysis

The NBR Analysis is an occasional paper series that offers thought-provoking essays on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.

NBR Special Report

NBR Special Reports are an occasional paper series on special topics conducted by the world's leading experts in Asian affairs.

Other Publications

NBR joint publications (including the annual PLA Conference volume) and archives of the NBR Briefing series.