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Taiwan Strait

June 2018

China's Evolving Military Strategy against Taiwan

Policy Q&A

Bernard D. Cole (U.S. National War College) discusses China's evolving military strategy and provides insight into its force planning in the Taiwan Strait.

May 2016

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

January 2016

Taiwan Electoral Politics


This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2016

Taiwan's Strong but Stifled Foundations of National Power

Robert Sutter and David Gitter


This report examines the key factors underpinning the size, nature, and resilience of national power in Taiwan and draws implications for cross-strait relations.

November 2015

Fact Sheet: 2015 Taiwan-China Meeting

Policy Brief

On November 7, Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. This is the first-ever meeting between the respective leaders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). This fact sheet provides background on relevant issues.

April 2013

Taiwan's Leadership Changes

Edward I-Hsin Chen


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.

February 2013

Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia: Lessons Learned for North America

Mary Alice Haddad

Policy Q&A

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit in Vancouver, Mary Alice Haddad (Wesleyan University) discussed her research on building environmental politics in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea and the implications for other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

August 2012

China’s Military Modernization and Implications for Northeast Asia

Christopher W. Hughes

Policy Q&A

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.

May 2012

Cross-strait Relations on the Eve of Ma Ying-jeou’s Second Term

Steven M. Goldstein


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.

May 2012

Space, China’s Tactical Frontier

Matthew Durnin

Policy Q&A

As China's space program continues to develop and grow, NBR spoke with Matthew Durnin from the World Security Institute for his thoughts on China’s evolving satellite program and what might be an appropriate response for the United States to have.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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Course Reader: Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

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in the Asia-Pacific

The latest volume in the Strategic Asia series examines how the region's major powers are building their national power as geopolitical competition intensifies. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes a country’s economic, technological, human, and natural resources and assesses how well its political system translates those capabilities into military and diplomatic power.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier and Jun Su
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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