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Asia Policy

NBR is establishing a consortium of leading Asian research institutions and universities to support and extend the reach of Asia Policy, facilitating the exchange of regional and U.S. perspectives. NBR is pleased to have the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University, and the Center for Energy Governance and Security at Hanyang University in South Korea as consortium partners. For more information about the consortium, please contact

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 13.2 (April 2018)

Asia Policy 13.2 includes a roundtable on the U.S. and Chinese visions of order in East Asia from the perspectives of regional countries; a special essay that examines Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shift to a more proactive and independent Japanese foreign policy, an article on the growing rivalry between the United States and China that offers recommendations on how to adjust U.S. foreign policy toward China, an essay discussing Kazakhstan’s initiatives to modernize the country, and a roundtable on Frédéric Grare’s new book India Turns East: International Engagement and U.S.-China Rivalry.

Table of Contents

Contending Visions of the Regional Order in East Asia
Bhubhindar Singh, Yuen Foong Khong, Feng Zhang, Takashi Terada, Xinquan Tu, Yue Lyu, Hideshi Tokuchi, Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Andrew Carr, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Dewi Fortuna Anwar and Tran Viet Thai

Special Essay
Japan’s Return to Great Power Politics: Abe’s Restoration
Kenneth B. Pyle

Avoiding U.S.-China Competition Is Futile: Why the Best Option Is to Manage Strategic Rivalry
Timothy R. Heath and William R. Thompson

Kazakhstan at a Crossroads
Charles J. Sullivan

Book Review Roundtable
Frédéric Grare’s India Turns East: International Engagement and U.S.-China Rivalry
Aparna Pande, Sunil Dasgupta, Deepa M. Ollapally, Andrew Small and Frédéric Grare