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Strategic Asia

The Strategic Asia annual edited volume incorporates assessments of economic, political, and military trends and focuses on the strategies that drive policy in the region.

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Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (forthcoming November 2017) identifies how Asia’s major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes how national power and capabilities interact with strategic culture to shape a country’s military strategies and explains why decision-makers come to favor certain options over others.

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0-9713938-6-9
Sept 2005 | 546 pp

Strategic Asia 2005–06: Military Modernization in an Era of Uncertainty

Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2005–06: Military Modernization in an Era of Uncertainty, the fifth volume in the Strategic Asia series, focuses on the defense capabilities of key Asian powers in the context of their grand strategies. Through a combination of country, regional, and topical studies, the book assesses how Asian states are modernizing their military programs in response to China's rise as a regional power, the war on terrorism, changes in U.S. force posture, the revolution in military affairs, and local security dilemmas. In addition to this central theme, each chapter examines the changing balance of power in Asia and identifies likely threats and opportunities that may arise in the next five years.

View the Executive Summary for each chapter in the table of contents below. Individual chapter PDFs are available for online purchase.

Table of Contents

Overview: Military Modernization in Asia
Ashley J. Tellis

U.S. Military Modernization: Implications for U.S. Policy in Asia
Michael O'Hanlon

China's Military Modernization: Making Steady and Surprising Progress
David Shambaugh

Japanese Military Modernization: In Search of a "Normal" Security Role
Christopher W. Hughes

The Strategic Future and Military Capabilities of the Two Koreas
Jonathan D. Pollack

Potemkin's Treadmill: Russian Military Modernization
Stephen J. Blank

Central Asia: Military Modernization and the Great Game
Kimberly Marten

India and Pakistan: A Shift in the Military Calculus?
John H. Gill

Southeast Asia's Defense Needs: Change or Continuity?
Sheldon W. Simon

Australian Strategic Policy
Hugh White

Prospects for Nuclear Proliferation in Asia
Mitchell B. Reiss and Hooman Peimani

China's Economic Growth: Implications for the Defense Budget
Dwight Perkins

Military Modernization in Taiwan
Michael D. Swaine and Roy Kamphausen

Strategic Asia by the Numbers 2005-06

Other Volumes

Strategic Asia 2016-17: Understanding Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific
Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific
Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power
Ashley J. Tellis, Abraham M. Denmark and Greg Chaffin, eds.

Strategic Asia 2013–14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age
Ashley J. Tellis, Abraham M. Denmark and Travis Tanner, eds.

Strategic Asia 2012–13: China’s Military Challenge
Ashley J. Tellis and Travis Tanner, eds.

Strategic Asia 2011–12: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers - China and India
Ashley J. Tellis, Travis Tanner and Jessica Keough, eds.

Strategic Asia 2010–11: Asia's Rising Power and America's Continued Purpose
Ashley J. Tellis, Andrew Marble and Travis Tanner, eds.

Strategic Asia 2009–10: Economic Meltdown and Geopolitical Stability
Ashley J. Tellis, Andrew Marble and Travis Tanner, eds.

Strategic Asia 2008–09: Challenges and Choices
Ashley J. Tellis, Mercy Kuo and Andrew Marble, eds.

Strategic Asia 2007–08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy
Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2006–07: Trade, Interdependence, and Security
Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2005–06: Military Modernization in an Era of Uncertainty
Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2004–05: Confronting Terrorism in the Pursuit of Power
Ashley J. Tellis and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2003–04: Fragility and Crisis
Richard J. Ellings, Aaron L. Friedberg and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2002–03: Asian Aftershocks
Richard J. Ellings, Aaron L. Friedberg and Michael Wills, eds.

Strategic Asia 2001–02: Power and Purpose
Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg, eds.

Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
Ashley J. Tellis, Alison Szalwinski and Michael Wills, eds.