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July 2016

A Global People's Liberation Army: Possibilities, Challenges, and Opportunities

Kristen Gunness and Oriana Skylar Mastro


This article assesses the factors shaping whether China will develop significant military expeditionary capabilities, the conditions under which Chinese leaders may decide to use the military outside East Asia, and implications for the U.S.

July 2016

India and China at Sea: A Contest of Status and Legitimacy in the Indian Ocean

David Brewster, You Ji, Zhu Li, Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Abhijit Singh, Raja Menon, Darshana M. Baruah, John W. Garver and Rory Medcalf


This Asia Policy roundtable brings together leading scholars and practitioners from India, China, the United States, and Australia to better understand Indian and Chinese perspectives about their respective roles and relationships in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain.

July 2016

The ADMM-Plus and the Future of Defense Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific

See Seng Tan, Siew Mun Tang, Brendan Taylor, Penghong Cai, Udai Bhanu Singh, Ken Jimbo, David Capie, Victor Sumsky, Lee Jaehyon and Kurt Leffler


This Asia Policy roundtable examines the strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) from the perspectives of ASEAN and the eight Plus countries—Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

July 2016

Russia and the New World Disorder

Kimberly Marten, Agnia Grigas, Charles E. Ziegler, Olga Oliker, Michael Kofman and Bobo Lo

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, five experts discuss Bobo Lo’s Russia and the New World Disorder, followed by a response essay from the author.

July 2016

China’s Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy

Timothy R. Heath


This article argues that China’s approach to economic diplomacy following the global financial crisis, while designed to improve the country’s competitiveness, has weakened the role that trade and investment have traditionally played in restraining tensions with the U.S.

July 2016

Securitizing the TPP in Japan: Policymaking Structure and Discourse

Aurelia George Mulgan


This article attempts to measure and define the level of “securitization” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Japanese national politics by analyzing both the structure of policymaking and the policy discourse on the TPP under the Abe administration until the October 2015 agreement reached in Atlanta.

July 2016

Advancing Trilateral Cooperation: A U.S. Perspective

Daniel Sneider


This essay analyzes the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral relationship from a U.S. perspective and highlights the critical role that the U.S. has played in mediating tensions between South Korea and Japan.

July 2016

The Future of Trilateral Cooperation: A Japanese Perspective

Yoshihide Soeya


This essay examines the potential for trilateral cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and the ROK and argues that Japan and South Korea should take steps to strengthen the liberal international order through middle-power cooperation sustained by their U.S. alliance relationships.

July 2016

Relocating Trilateralism in a Broader Regional Architecture: A South Korean Perspective

Yul Sohn


This essay considers recent developments in bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan and assesses the opportunities and challenges for U.S.-ROK-Japan trilateralism.

June 2016

Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future

Matthew Kroenig


This report explores the dynamics of a multipolar nuclear order in Asia and assesses the implications for U.S. foreign and defense policy.

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