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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 23 (January 2017)

Asia Policy 23 includes roundtables on the United States’ key bilateral relationships in Asia and on regional perspectives regarding how best to manage the threat from North Korea; an essay examining the need for greater coordination between the Japan Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in gray-zone situations; an article identifying weaknesses in sanctions on marine traffic into North Korea; and a book review roundtable discussing Minxin Pei's China's Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay.

Table of Contents

Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition
David Shambaugh, Sheila A. Smith, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush, Kimberly Marten, Ashley J. Tellis, Teresita C. Schaffer, Brian Harding and Michael Clarke

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula
Chung-in Moon, Ren Xiao, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Van Jackson and Andrei Lankov

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

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea
Robert Huish

Book Review Roundtable
China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay
Yan Sun, David Bachman, Nicholas Calcina Howson and Minxin Pei