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April 2018

Kazakhstan at a Crossroads

Charles J. Sullivan

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This essay examines Kazakhstan’s latest economic modernization campaign, highlights its shortcomings, and proposes how the West could assist the country’s ruling elite in carrying out reforms to complement the modernization process.

July 2017

Beyond Imposing Costs: Recalibrating U.S. Strategy in the South China Sea

Joel Wuthnow

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This essay assesses how U.S. strategy in the South China Sea can be optimized to retain military superiority while addressing the risk of instability resulting from a clash with China.

January 2016

Japan’s Double-Edged Defense Reforms

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

Reorienting India's Foreign Policy: Neighborhood First

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Asia-Pacific

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

The Iran Nuclear Deal and Asia

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

High Tensions over Low-Tide Elevations in the South China Sea

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

Taiwan Electoral Politics

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This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

Taiwan and Regional Trade Organizations: An Urgent Need for Fresh Ideas

Kevin G. Nealer and Margaux Fimbres

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This essay assesses Taiwan’s prospects for joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and recommends options for how Taiwan can overcome the challenges related to gaining membership.

January 2016

Challenges Ahead in China’s Reform of State-Owned Enterprises

Wendy Leutert

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This essay analyzes three challenges ahead in reforming China’s centrally owned companies, known as yangqi: determining how and when to give market forces a greater role, aligning mismatched executive incentives, and overcoming complicating factors within firms.

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