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February 2018

How the United States Influences Russia-China Relations


Robert Sutter (George Washington University) identifies both the "drivers" of the Sino-Russian partnership and the "brakes" on a closer relationship and considers the consequences of Sino-Russian Cooperation for the United States.

February 2018

The Outlook for Asia's LNG Markets

Policy Q&A

Leslie Palti-Guzman (Rapidan Energy Group) analyzes the prospects for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia and discusses challenges to constructing the infrastructure needed to support growing demand throughout the region.

February 2018

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

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


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.

February 2018

Strengthening U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role for the Korea-U.S. FTA


Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

February 2018

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

David An


This report identifies the drivers of Taiwan’s military strategy and examines this strategy in the context of the threat posed to the island by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and other key challenges.

January 2018

China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States

Charles W. Boustany Jr. and Richard J. Ellings

Special Essay

This essay examines the implications of China’s rise and calls on the U.S. to address the domestic bases for national power and to reassume a leadership role in Asia by executing a grand strategy that is fully cognizant of political, historical, economic, and strategic realities.

January 2018

The Chinese Communist Party’s Use of Homophonous Pen Names: An Open-Source Open Secret

David Gitter and Leah Fang


David Gitter and Leah Fang examine the CCP's use of homophonous pen names in the media to transmit official CCP views and assess this system's utility as a credible information source for foreign analysts.

January 2018

Publisher’s Note (January 2018)

Publisher's Note

This first issue of 2018 marks an exciting transition for the journal: a shift from biannual to quarterly publication. Beginning this year, Asia Policy will be published in January, April, July, and October.

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.

January 2018

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

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

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.

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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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Vietnamese Translations

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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