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Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific that draws clear and concise conclusions useful to today’s policymakers.

Beginning in 2018 with volume 13, Asia Policy will be published quarterly in January, April, July, and October.

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C. Christine Fair

Mark W. Frazier

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Asia Policy 8 (July 2009)

The eighth issue of NBR’s journal Asia Policy features a roundtable of experts on defining a "healthy" military balance in the Taiwan Strait and articles on North Korean domestic politics, India's foreign policy establishment, and the Chinese military's new information office. A book review roundtable on China’s Water Warriors, a review essay on three recent books that address the rise of China, and books reviews on Asia, Sri Lanka, and China are also included.

Table of Contents

Defining a Healthy Balance Across the Taiwan Strait
Robert Sutter, Jianwei Wang, J. Bruce Jacobs, Alan M. Wachman, Ji You and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker

Pyongyang Strikes Back: North Korean Policies of 2002–08 and Attempts to Reverse "De-Stalinization from Below"
Andrei Lankov

Developing India’s Foreign Policy "Software"
Daniel Markey

Media Relations in China’s Military: The Case of the Ministry of National Defense Information Office
Matthew Boswell

Book Review Roundtable
Andrew C. Mertha’s China's Water Warriors: Citizen Action and Policy Change
David M. Lampton, Anna Brettell, Teh-chang Lin, Yawei Liu, Peter Ford and Andrew Mertha

Review Essays
To Assess the Rise of China
Fei-Ling Wang

Book Reviews
Book reviews – Asia Policy 8
Ellen L. Frost, A.R.M. Imtiyaz, Yuan-Kang Wang, Barrett L. McCormick and William Ratliff