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February 2018

How the United States Influences Russia-China Relations


Robert Sutter (George Washington University) identifies both the "drivers" of the Sino-Russian partnership and the "brakes" on a closer relationship and considers the consequences of Sino-Russian Cooperation for the United States.

January 2018

The Chinese Communist Party’s Use of Homophonous Pen Names: An Open-Source Open Secret

Leah Fang and David Gitter


David Gitter and Leah Fang examine the CCP's use of homophonous pen names in the media to transmit official CCP views and assess this system's utility as a credible information source for foreign analysts.

January 2018

China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States

Richard J. Ellings and Charles W. Boustany Jr.

Special Essay

This essay examines the implications of China’s rise and calls on the U.S. to address the domestic bases for national power and to reassume a leadership role in Asia by executing a grand strategy that is fully cognizant of political, historical, economic, and strategic realities.

January 2018

The Strategic Implications of Russia-China Relations: Regional Perspectives

Robert Sutter, Angela Stent, Hiroshi Yamazoe, Yu Bin, Alexander Lukin, Brian Franchell and Tomohiko Uyama


This roundtable offers perspectives on the implications that heightened Sino-Russian cooperation might have for the global system and regional relations, including from the key states involved (China, Russia, and the United States), as well as on what closer Sino-Russian cooperation means for neighboring countries in Central and Northeast Asia.

January 2018

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


This article examines Vietnam’s warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea.

January 2018

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later


On Thursday, January 24, Nadège Rolland testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) hearing on "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later."

November 2017

Ideas, Perceptions, and Power: An Examination of China’s Military Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explains how a broad base of national power, the prevalence of perceived maritime threats, and national narratives about the “century of humiliation” and Chinese exceptionalism combine to make regional power projection the most attractive national military strategy to Chinese leaders.

November 2017

Power and Ideas in the Making of Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes the variables that shape a country’s grand and national military strategies and discusses their implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

November 2017

The Geopolitics of Energy Cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Kaho Yu


This essay examines the factors, mechanisms, and implications of energy cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and analyzes how the initiative could reshape the current international energy order.

November 2017

China’s Maritime Silk Road and Energy Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean: Motivations and Implications for the Region

Christopher Len


This essay examines how the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) relates to Beijing’s quest for energy security and draws implications for Japan, India, South Korea, and the U.S.

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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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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
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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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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
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Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Thomas B. Fargo, Noboru Yamaguchi, Ryo Sahashi, Kei Koga and Alison Szalwinski
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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
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
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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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