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August 2017

Introduction: North Korea and Asia's Evolving Nuclear Landscape

Robert Jervis

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This is the introduction to the report "North Korea and Asia's Evolving Nuclear Landscape: Challenges to Regional Stability."

August 2017

Conclusion: The North Korean Crisis and the Second Nuclear Age

Aaron L. Friedberg

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This is the Conclusion to the report "North Korea and Asia's Evolving Nuclear Landscape: Challenges to Regional Stability."

August 2017

The Asian Nuclear System in Comparative and Theoretical Context

Christopher P. Twomey

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This essay argues that the second nuclear age in Asia is likely to be highly dangerous and unstable based on lessons from history and implications from theory.

August 2017

Japan’s New Nuclear Deterrence Challenges: The Implications of Russia’s Nuclear Saber-Rattling and NATO’s Response

Michito Tsuruoka

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This essay examines the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance of Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and NATO’s response.

August 2017

Thinking about the Unthinkable: The Case of the Korean Peninsula

Sugio Takahashi

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This essay examines how North Korea’s potential deployment of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles could fundamentally transform the geostrategic landscape in Northeast Asia and draws implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

August 2017

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

Jina Kim

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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).

August 2017

Domestic and Regional Constraints on South Korea’s Approach to North Korea

J. James Kim

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This essay explores the domestic and regional constraints on South Korea with respect to its North Korea policy and identifies the lack of internal and external consensus as a significant hurdle to long-term policy planning and implementation.

August 2017

Toward a Common Strategy for Deterring a Nuclear North Korea

Matthew Kroenig

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This essay argues that the U.S. will need to work more closely with Japan and South Korea to develop a common and coherent deterrence strategy if Washington hopes to reliably deter North Korea and assure its East Asian allies.

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.

July 2017

Chinese Perspectives on the Sino-Russian Relationship

Evan S. Medeiros and Michael S. Chase

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This essay explores Chinese perspectives on the Sino-Russian relationship and considers the implications for U.S. policy.

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