Q&As: Grand Strategy
Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context
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.
Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective
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.
Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific
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.
Putin’s Asia Strategy for 2015
In the face of falling oil prices and economic sanctions, Russia has reinforced its pivot to Asia. In this commentary, Morena Skalamera (Harvard University) highlights Putin’s strategies to further embrace Asian markets in relation to energy trade and resource development.
U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century
Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) discusses some of the main research findings from NBR’s forthcoming volume, Strategic Asia 2014-2015: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power
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.
Mongolia: Growth, Democracy, and Two Wary Neighbors
Alan Wachman, an Associate Professor of International Politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, provides insight into Mongolia’s achievements, its relationship with Beijing, Moscow, and the United States, and into how the U.S. views Mongolia’s role in the international system.
The Impacts of North Korea’s Leadership Transition
As North Korea begins to determine its future direction following the the December 17 death of Kim Jong-il, NBR spoke with Yong-Chool Ha, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Social Science at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington.
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China’s Response to a Rising India
NBR spoke with M. Taylor Fravel, Strategic Asia contributing author and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argues that China views India’s rise as a largely positive development that promotes China’s own interests and objectives more than it threatens or challenges them.