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Asia Policy 16 (July 2013)

Asia Policy 16 features a roundtable on Himalayan water security; an essay on building a new type of relationship between China and the United States; articles on the modernization of China’s nuclear missile force, strategies to improve U.S.-China military ties, and the evolution of China's and Taiwan's cross-strait policies; and a book review roundtable on Alexander Cooley's Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia.

Table of Contents

Himalayan Water Security: The Challenges for South and Southeast Asia
Kenneth Pomeranz, Jennifer L. Turner, Susan Chan Shifflett, Robert Batten, Robert G. Wirsing, Tushaar Shah, Mark Giordano, Richard P. Cronin, Richard A. Matthew and Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

Asia’s Unstable Water Tower: The Politics, Economics, and Ecology of Himalayan Water Projects
Kenneth Pomeranz

China’s Upstream Advantage in the Great Himalayan Watershed
Jennifer L. Turner, Susan Chan Shifflett and Robert Batten

Melting the Geopolitical Ice in South Asia
Robert G. Wirsing

Himalayan Water Security: A South Asian Perspective
Tushaar Shah and Mark Giordano

Hydropower Dams on the Mekong: Old Dreams, New Dangers
Richard P. Cronin

Climate Change and Water Security in the Himalayan Region
Richard A. Matthew

Securing the Himalayas as the Water Tower of Asia: An Environmental Perspective
Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

Policy Essay
A New Type of Major-Power Relationship: Seeking a Durable Foundation for U.S.-China Ties
David M. Lampton

China’s Transition to a More Credible Nuclear Deterrent: Implications and Challenges for the United States
Michael S. Chase

Expanding Contacts to Enhance Durability: A Strategy for Improving U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relations
Scott W. Harold

Policy Succession and the Next Cross-Strait Crisis
Bruce Gilley

Book Review Roundtable
Alexander Cooley’s Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia
Marlene Laruelle, James Sherr, Mamuka Tsereteli, Kathryn Stoner, Andrew C. Kuchins, Erica Marat, S. Enders Wimbush and Alexander Cooley

Central Asia as a Case Study for a Multipolar World
Marlene Laruelle

How to Suborn Great Powers
James Sherr

Winners and Losers of Strategic Games in Central Asia
Mamuka Tsereteli

Old Games, New Rules? Great Powers in the New Central Asia
Kathryn Stoner

Why Washington Needs to Integrate the New Silk Road with the Pivot to Asia
Andrew C. Kuchins

Domestic Challenges, International Opportunities: Understanding Security Cooperation in Central Asia
Erica Marat

The Rules of Central Asia’s Games Are Changing
S. Enders Wimbush

Can We Change the Rules? External Actors and Central Asia Beyond 2014
Alexander Cooley