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.
What Do China’s Military Reforms Mean for Taiwan?
Phillip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow (Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University) discuss the implications of recent People's Liberation Army reforms on Taiwan
Divisions between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
Political divisions in and among China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will continue to simmer throughout 2015. Developments in 2015 will determine the course of Hong Kong and Taiwan’s elections in 2016 and 2017, which could alter economic and governance relations with Beijing.
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
Taiwan's Leadership Changes
Looking at leadership changes in Taiwan, including a September 2012 cabinet reshuffle that replaced important several members of the national security team, Edward I-Hsin Chen (Tamkang University) examines President Ma Ying-jeou's cross-strait policies and draws implications for U.S.-Taiwan relations.
Continuing a Peaceful Rise: China’s Foreign Policy After the Leadership Transition
It is widely expected that Xi Jinping will be named the successor to Hu Jintao at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China this fall. Shen Dingli (Fudan University) discusses implications of the leadership transition for China’s foreign policy, its relations with neighboring states, and the future of the U.S.-China relationship.
China’s Military Modernization and Implications for Northeast Asia
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.
Cross-strait Relations on the Eve of Ma Ying-jeou’s Second Term
In January 2012, Taiwan re-elected President Ma Ying-jeou to a second term. On the eve of Ma's May 20 inauguration, Steven Goldstein (Smith College) provides an outlook for cross-strait relations in the president’s second term and offers key indicators for what might shape the relationship in the months and years ahead.