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Forthcoming Strategic Asia 2009-10 Volume

Strategic Asia 2009-10

Table of Contents


Political Impact of Economic Crisis


United States


Southeast Asia



*Chapters listed above indicate the subject matter of each chapter and are not chapter titles. Per NBR's policy, chapter authors will not be revealed until after the blind peer review stage of the editing process is complete. Please check back in mid-August for a list of this year's chapter titles and authors.

The ongoing world financial downturn has spurred a fundamental rethinking of economic priorities and policies in capitals across the globe. The crisis has not only affected the national economic performance of countless states, but it has called into question the structure of the global financial system and the endurance of the current global balance of power. Many wonder whether the crisis will serve as a catalyst to institutionalize the power shift toward Asia that has been occurring over the last two decades, or whether the United States will emerge with a reinvigorated position of power.

Strategic Asia 2009–10 (forthcoming September 2009) analyzes the Asian dimension of these issues in order to identify the critical challenges facing the United States and suggests strategies for dealing with them. Through a series of country and regional studies, the volume will explore how the global economic crisis is affecting, and is affected by, the national economic performance of various Asian states, particularly as mediated through their financial sectors. These findings will then be used to assess how the crisis could affect the strategic goals and power-political trajectories of various Asian states and, by implication, the larger balance of power in Asia and globally.

While this volume is intended to contribute toward better U.S. policy—an objective consistent both with NBR’s mission as an institution and the volume’s appearance in the first year of a new administration—it is equally concerned with creating a scholarly product of enduring value. Previous Strategic Asia volumes have become standing reference works in the policy, governmental, intelligence, and academic communities; they have increasingly been used as textbooks in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on contemporary Asian politics, and this ninth volume is intended to sustain and further strengthen this trend.

Last year’s volume, Strategic Asia 2008-09: Challenges and Choices, analyzed the impact of U.S. policy and geopolitical developments on Asia’s transformation over the past eight years and assessed the major strategic choices on Asia facing the new U.S. president and administration as well as the broader policy community.


For further information, please contact:

Greg Chaffin
Project Associate, Political and Security Affairs