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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.

January 2018

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


This article examines Vietnam’s warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea.

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea


Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

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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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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier and Jun Su
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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