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Q&As: Security & Defense

May 2018

The Unthinkable with North Korea: A Tilt at the Fulcrum of World Power?

Commentary

Richard J. Ellings (NBR) argues that North Korea and the United States share strategic interests in checking a rising China and outlines steps that the United States could take to exploit this opportunity prudently.

May 2018

Alignment with Autonomy: India’s Evolving Foreign Policy in Light of China’s Regional Ambitions

Policy Q&A

Jeff Smith (Heritage Foundation) discusses Indian foreign policy in light of the tumultuous past year and comments on how New Delhi might strike a balance between autonomy and cooperation in the current strategic environment.

November 2017

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

Commentary

Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

November 2017

On the Eve of Trump’s Visit to China: Examining Beijing's Strategic Priorities

Policy Q&A

Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) argues that China is pursuing a military strategy of “regional power projection” to protect its national interests and shape both the regional security architecture and the decision-making of other actors.

May 2017

Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context

Policy Q&A

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) highlights the main findings of the NBR Special Report "Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?" and explains how Taiwan’s perception of its “orphan” status in the international system shapes its strategic culture, as well as its approach to its relationships with China and the United States.

March 2017

China’s Evolving Cybersecurity and Cyber Development Strategy

Commentary

Jing de Jong-Chen, Partner and General Manager of Global Security Strategy and Diplomacy at Microsoft Corporation, discusses China’s evolving cybersecurity and cyber development strategy. She provides context for the progress that the United States and China have made on cybersecurity issues to date and highlights the serious challenges that lie ahead.

January 2017

Defining the Ends, Means, and Ways of SCS Strategy

Policy Q&A

This is an excerpt of an interview with Admiral Jonathan Greenert from the Cipher Brief.

November 2016

The Legacy of Nehruvianism and the Implications for India’s Strategic Culture

Policy Q&A

Ian Hall, a professor of international relations at Griffith University, explains why India remains restrained in its international behavior even as its economic and military power continue to grow.

November 2016

Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Policy Q&A

Christopher A. Ford, chief legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. He argues that although the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative depicts China’s strategic culture as essentially pacifistic and disinclined toward violence, its basic orientation is fundamentally realist.

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.

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