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November 2017

Challenges for India’s Military Strategy: Matching Capabilities to Ambitions?

John H. Gill

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines India’s dominant military strategy, discusses how evolving requirements may induce changes in the country’s thinking, and assesses the adequacy of this strategy in terms of its national ambitions.

November 2017

Power and Ideas in the Making of Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes the variables that shape a country’s grand and national military strategies and discusses their implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

November 2017

Ideas, Perceptions, and Power: An Examination of China’s Military Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explains how a broad base of national power, the prevalence of perceived maritime threats, and national narratives about the “century of humiliation” and Chinese exceptionalism combine to make regional power projection the most attractive national military strategy to Chinese leaders.

November 2017

Putin and Russia’s Strategic Priorities

Mark N. Katz

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter discusses Russia’s military strategy under Vladimir Putin, its connection to Russian material capabilities and strategic culture, and Putin’s reasons for prioritizing the U.S. and the West as the greatest external threat that Moscow faces.

November 2017

Japan’s Grand Strategic Shift: From the Yoshida Doctrine to an Abe Doctrine?

Christopher W. Hughes

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter argues that Japan’s grand strategy—responding to evolving security pressures and material constraints—is exploring a shift from the old certainties of the Yoshida doctrine to an Abe doctrine characterized by a new level of military commitment and stronger integration of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

November 2017

South Korea’s Grand Strategy in Transition: Coping with Existential Threats and New Political Forces

Chung Min Lee

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the development of South Korea’s grand strategy, with special reference to the military dimension, and argues that it is critical for South Korea to undertake structural military reforms and create a new bipartisan national security paradigm.

November 2017

U.S. Strategy: Confronting Challenges Abroad and Constraints at Home

Thomas G. Mahnken

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explores the continuities in U.S. grand strategy and national military strategy, assesses how U.S. military strategy is produced through the interaction of material capabilities and strategic culture, describes threats to the strategy of power projection, and outlines the need to develop a long-term strategy to defend U.S. interests in an increasingly contested security environment.

November 2017

Power, Ideas, and Politics: Obstacles to an Externally Oriented Indonesian Military Strategy

Ann Marie Murphy

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes Indonesia’s security threats, material capacity, and strategic culture and assesses how these factors interact to produce the country’s military strategies.

November 2017

China’s National Oil Companies Return to the World Stage: Navigating Anticorruption, Low Oil Prices, and the Belt and Road Initiative

Erica Downs

Essays

This essay examines the interplay between the return of China’s national oil companies (NOCs) to international mergers and acquisitions and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

November 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: What It Is, How It Is Perceived, and Implications for Energy Geopolitics

Michael Kugelman

Essays

This essay assesses the scale and energy dimensions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), identifies key obstacles, and discusses the implications for energy geopolitics.

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