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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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Asia Policy Editors:

C. Christine Fair

Mark W. Frazier

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Asia Policy 19 (January 2015)

Asia Policy 19 features a roundtable on nuclear multipolarity in Asia; a special essay on the normalization of Japan’s military; articles on Russia’s foreign policy turn toward Asia, India’s strategic response to the U.S. rebalance, and U.S.-South Korea civil nuclear negotiations; and a book review roundtable addressing three recent books on civil-military relations in Pakistan.

Table of Contents

Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future
Christopher P. Twomey, Rajesh Basrur, Benjamin Schreer, Noboru Yamaguchi, Kang Choi, P.K. Singh and Aaron L. Friedberg

Introduction: Dangerous Dynamism in Asia’s Nuclear Future
Christopher P. Twomey

Nuclear Stability and Polarity in Post-Cold War Asia
Rajesh Basrur

China’s Development of a More Secure Nuclear Second-Strike Capability: Implications for Chinese Behavior and U.S. Extended Deterrence
Benjamin Schreer

The Utility of Nuclear and Conventional Forces in the Second Nuclear Age: A Japanese Military Perspective
Noboru Yamaguchi

The North Korean Nuclear Problem: Twenty Years of Crisis
Kang Choi

The India-Pakistan Nuclear Dyad and Regional Nuclear Dynamics
P.K. Singh

The Evolving Nuclear Order: Implications for Proliferation, Arms Racing, and Stability
Aaron L. Friedberg

The Development of Japanese Security Policy: A Long-Term Defensive Strategy
Bhubhindar Singh

Russia's Asia Pivot: Confrontation or Cooperation?
Jeffrey Mankoff

Indian Foreign Policy Responds to the U.S. Pivot
Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

South Korea's Search for Nuclear Sovereignty
Toby Dalton and Alexandra Francis

Book Review Roundtable
Recent Books on Civil-Military Relations in Pakistan
John H. Gill, Marvin G. Weinbaum, Hasan Askari Rizvi, Aqil Shah, T.V. Paul and C. Christine Fair