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Q&As: Defense Strategy

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

March 2015

India, Pakistan, and the Same Old Problems

Policy Q&A

Aryaman Bhatnagar of the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi) explores the impacts of domestic politics, the Pakistani military establishment, and cross-border terrorism on the India-Pakistan relationship.

May 2013

Lifting the Shroud on China's Defense Spending: Trends, Drivers, and Implications

Policy Q&A

Andrew S. Erickson (U.S. Naval War College) and Adam P. Liff (Princeton University) assess trends in China’s defense spending within the wider context of China’s military development and transparency, as well as its broader strategic and national interests.

December 2012

Congress and the New Pacific Strategy: Setting Policy by Acquisition


As the U.S. Congress wrestles with difficult budgetary issues, it faces a series of critical decisions on the future U.S. military force and posture that will be tasked with carrying out the rebalance to Asia. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa emphasizes the need to carefully consider how choices made now will define the future.

October 2012

China's Evolving Land Force

Policy Q&A

China's rise as a global power has led it to initiate a rapid and wide-ranging program to update its armed forces. Although the U. S. and regional states have paid considerable attention to China's advancing missile, aerial, and maritime capabilities, the People's Liberation Army land forces are currently undergoing their own evolution toward becoming a more efficient, effective, and contemporary force. NBR recently sat down with Roy Kamphausen (The National Bureau of Asian Research) to ask for his thoughts on how China is upgrading its land forces.

September 2012

China’s Navy and Air Force: Advancing Capabilities and Missions

Policy Q&A

In the second half of a two-part interview on China’s advancing naval and air forces, Strategic Asia author Andrew S. Erickson (U.S. Naval War College) discusses the capabilities and strategic implications of several of China’s most sophisticated systems, including its improving submarine force and low-observable aircraft programs.

September 2012

Building an Active, Layered Defense: Chinese Naval and Air Force Advancement

Policy Q&A

As China re-emerges as a global power, it has sought to bolster the capabilities of its naval and air forces. Andrew S. Erickson (U.S. Naval War College) discusses the motivations driving these enhancements and what these new capabilities reveal about China’s strategy toward the United States.

August 2012

China’s Military Modernization and Implications for Northeast Asia

Policy Q&A

China’s ambitious military modernization program and increasing defense spending have raised questions about the future security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) assesses U.S. and Northeast Asian attitudes toward China’s military modernization.

March 2012

Resourcing Our Asia-Pacific Defense Strategy


Congressman J. Randy Forbes argues that China’s rapid military modernization and increasing defense budget could tilt the regional balance of power in Beijing’s favor and enhance its ability “to deter U.S. forces from entering the region, coerce neighboring states, or—should conflict ensue—win a rapid victory.” To counter this threat, he cautions that the United States must remain vigilantly prepared and reassess both its military and diplomatic strategies over the next several decades.

August 2011

The Life and Legacy of Gen. John M. Shalikashvili

Policy Q&A

Lt. Col. (ret) Roy Kamphausen, Senior Associate for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, reflected on the legacy of this great patriot in a conversation with Andrew Marble, founding editor of NBR’s journal Asia Policy, who is researching and writing a biography on General Shalikashvili.

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