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Q&As: Military

August 2016

Declaring Consistent Commitments: U.S. Maritime Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Admiral Jonathan Greenert (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations, discusses U.S. maritime and security interests in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations on how to maintain regional stability and ensure commitments to allies in an interview with NBR.

October 2015

A Shared Destiny in the Asian Commons: Evaluating the India-U.S. Maritime Relationship


Earlier this week, the Indian Navy and the U.S. Navy completed Exercise Malabar, an annual joint maritime interaction in the Bay of Bengal. Abhijit Singh (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses) reflects on the strategic fundamentals of the India-U.S. maritime partnership.

September 2015

Building a New Type of U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relationship

Policy Q&A

Major General Yao Yunzhu, director of the Center on China-America Defense Relations at the PLA’s Academy of Military Science, discusses the recent positive developments in U.S.-China military-to-military relations.

June 2015

The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization

Policy Q&A

Mark Cozad of the RAND Corporation analyzes the new defense capabilities that China has developed and their effect on U.S. interests in Asia. He maintains that Chinese military modernization has advanced even when U.S. attention was focused on Afghanistan and the Middle East and recommends robust development of U.S. military capabilities to maintain the balance of power and the United States’ leadership role in Asia.

July 2014

The U.S.-India Defense Relationship: Strengthening Ties and Overcoming Challenges

Policy Q&A

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, foreign editor of the Hindustan Times, outlines options for strengthening the U.S.-India defense relationship, including reforms the new Modi government should implement, and explains how enhanced defense ties with the United States align with India’s foreign policy goals.

January 2014

UN Operations in Africa Provide a Mechanism for Japan’s Military Normalization Agenda


Jeremy Taylor (SOAS, University of London) and Michael Edward Walsh (SOAS, University of London) examine Japan’s role in UN operations in Africa and assess the implications of the country’s contributions to peacekeeping missions for the normalization of the Japanese military.

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.

January 2013

China’s New Military Leadership and the Challenges It Faces

Policy Q&A

NBR's Roy Kamphausen comments on the changes in China's military leadership following the conclusion of the 18th Party Congress, and examines the issues that this new slate of PLA leaders will encounter.

November 2012

China’s Military Challenge

Policy Q&A

To mark the release of the twelfth volume in NBR’s Strategic Asia series—Strategic Asia 2012–13: China’s Military Challenge—we spoke with Strategic Asia Research Director Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). In this interview, Dr. Tellis discusses the key findings of the book and argues that China’s increasingly sophisticated military capabilities hold the potential to fundamentally alter the strategic balance of the Asia-Pacific region.

October 2012

Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1962 Sino-Indian Border War

Policy Q&A

On the 50th anniversary of the Sino-Indian Border War, Strategic Asia author Arun Sahgal (Institute of National Security Studies) discusses the lessons learned from the conflict and explains how the dispute still shapes relations between the two rising powers 50 years later.

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