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July 2018

Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia after the Reform Period

Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki

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Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra, and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki address civil-military relations in Indonesia by examining the creeping renewal of military involvement in national policy implementation and the key drivers that contribute to this trend.

July 2018

Russia's Strategic Partnerships with China and South Korea: The Impact of THAAD

Anthony V. Rinna

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Anthony V. Rinna examines the effects of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system on Russia’s strategic partnerships with China and South Korea.

May 2018

The Future of Asia’s Natural Gas Market: The Need for a Regional LNG Hub

Leslie Palti-Guzman

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In this advance Asia Policy release, Leslie Palti-Guzman (GasVista) examines how the LNG market functions in Asia and presents the case for developing a regional trading hub. She argues that a hub would not only improve the efficiency of the Asian gas market but also enhance energy security and facilitate greener economic development, among other benefits.

April 2018

Avoiding U.S.-China Competition Is Futile: Why the Best Option Is to Manage Strategic Rivalry

Timothy R. Heath and William R. Thompson

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This article argues that the structural drivers of U.S.-China competition are too deep to resolve through cooperative engagement and that policymakers must instead accept the reality of strategic rivalry and aim to manage it at a lower level of intensity.

April 2018

Japan’s Return to Great Power Politics: Abe’s Restoration

Kenneth B. Pyle

Special Essay

This essay explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engineering a seismic shift in Japan’s foreign policy from a postwar position of dependence and subordination in the U.S.-led order to a proactive and independent role, which in the uncertain regional environment is likely to gain increasing popular support.

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

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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

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

Derek Grossman

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

July 2017

Policy by Other Means: Collective Self-Defense and the Politics of Japan’s Postwar Constitutional Reinterpretations

Adam P. Liff

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This article analyzes Japan’s 2014 landmark cabinet decision reinterpreting the constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense (CSD) in both a historical and a contemporary context and assesses its implications for the conditions under which Japan may use military force.

January 2017

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea: Can a Black-and-White System Adapt to a Gray-Zone Reality?

Céline Pajon

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This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

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