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Q&As: Strategic Asia Program

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.

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.

November 2015

Unpacking National Power: Performance, Institutions, and Innovations

Policy Q&A

Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explains how the conception of national power can be usefully broken down and analyzed in terms of national resources and national performance and how the interaction of these two dimensions generates military capabilities.

November 2014

U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century

Policy Q&A

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

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.

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.

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.

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