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February 2018

The Case for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateralism: Strengths and Limitations

Alison Szalwinski, John S. Park, Roy Kamphausen and Ryo Sahashi


This report situates the U.S.-ROK-Japan relationship in the context of the scholarly literature on trilateralism and offers concrete recommendations for strengthening trilateral cooperation in four key areas: regional security, nontraditional security, energy security, and space and cybersecurity.

January 2018

Terence Roehrig’s Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War

Zack Cooper, Terence Roehrig, Daniel Sneider and Se Young Jang

Book Review Roundtable

Review essays on Terence Roehrig’s Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War by three experts are followed by a response from the author.

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

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

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.

August 2017

North Korea’s Nuclear Posture and Its Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Jina Kim


This essay examines the evolution of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and highlights the political and military implications of this evolving threat for the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

July 2017

Regional Perspectives on America’s Evolving Asia Policy

Noboru Yamaguchi, Ming Lee, Dmitri Trenin, Rajesh Rajagopalan, Jessica Keough, Xie Tao, Kang Choi, Michael Wesley, Moeed Yusuf and Joseph Chinyong Liow


This Asia Policy roundtable offers perspectives on U.S.-Asia relations from leading scholars and policy practitioners in select Asia-Pacific states.

July 2017

Russia’s China Policy: This Bear Hug Is Real

Eugene Rumer


This essay considers Russian-Chinese relations from the perspective of Russia, challenges some of the widely held assumptions about Russian foreign policy and its goals, examines the key drivers of Russian policy toward China, and concludes with implications for U.S. interests.

June 2017

What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit


In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

May 2017

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States


Daniel C. Sneider, Associate Director for Research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, analyzes the impact that the return to power of South Korea’s progressives will have on alliance relations with the United States.

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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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