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Strategic Asia Program

The Strategic Asia Program aims to strengthen and inform strategic and policy decisions by providing innovative research on challenges and opportunities for U.S. national interests in the Asia-Pacific region.


Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape.

Leading experts provide comprehensive assessments of the current state of the United States' relations with its five treaty allies, as well as with emerging "strategic partners" in Asia, and draw implications for U.S. policy.

To learn more about the volume and the 2014-15 Strategic Asia Research Team, visit the Strategic Asia 2014–15 website.

The Strategic Asia Program:

  • Offers an authoritative assessment of Asia’s evolving strategic environment
  • Looks forward five years, and in some cases beyond, to contemplate the future of the region
  • Maintains a record of data and analysis on trends in Asia’s changing strategic landscape

Guided by Research Director Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), this major ongoing research initiative publishes an annual edited volume and executive brief.

The Strategic Asia Program also maintains an online database focused on indicators of the changing balance of power in the region, which provides an interactive mapping tool that tracks current Asian military developments. For details on this database, please contact the Strategic Asia Team.

The Strategic Asia Program also serves as the umbrella for private, tailored briefings for a broad range of U.S. government agencies and policymakers, as well as for leaders of the private sector—including several Fortune 500 companies. Topics cover a broad range of economic, political, security, energy, demographic, and other issues vital to understand dynamics within the Asia-Pacific. For details on these briefings, please contact the Strategic Asia Team.

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Greg Chaffin
Project Manager, Political and Security Affairs
202-347-9767
psa@nbr.org


Research Director

Ashley J. Tellis
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


2014-15
Research Team

Catharin Dalpino
Foreign Service Institute

Ellen Frost
East-West Center

Bates Gill
University of Sydney

Sheena Chestnut Greitens
The Brookings Institution

Murray Hiebert
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Russell Hsiao
Project 2049 Institute

Nguyen Manh Hung
George Mason University

Van Jackson
Center for a New American Security

Meredith Miller
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Ann Marie Murphy
Seton Hall University

Scott Snyder
Council on Foreign Relations

Matthew Shannon Stumpf
Asia Society Policy Institute

Nicholas Szechenyi
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Daniel Twining
The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Strategic Asia 2014-15 Book Launch

On December 2, NBR hosted a public launch for the 2014–15 Strategic Asia volume, U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Evan S. Medeiros (Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs National Security Council). Learn more and view video of the address.

Strategic Asia 2014–15

Strategic Asia 1014-15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape.

In from the Cold: U.S.-New Zealand Ties Returning to Normal

Murray Hiebert, Benjamin Schaare, and Christopher Doyle examine the dramatic thaw in U.S.–New Zealand relations in recent years and explore ways that the two countries can cooperate to boost security in the Asia-Pacific and strengthen trade and investment ties with other Pacific nations.

Rival Regionalisms and Regional Order: A Slow Crisis of Legitimacy

Ellen L. Frost analyzes the emergence of rival regionalisms in Asia and argues that recent economic and security developments threaten to undermine Asian confidence in the legitimacy of the institutions and values underpinning the existing liberal economic order.

U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century

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.

Strategic Asia 2013-14 Volume Launch

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) delivered the keynote address at the October 2013 launch of the thirteenth volume in the Strategic Asia series in Washington, D.C. Select volume contributors presented research findings on Asia's established and latent nuclear powers and the future of U.S. extended deterrence. Learn more and listen to event audio.

Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age

Part of NBR’s two-year initiative “Approaching Critical Mass,” Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age examines the role of nuclear weapons in the grand strategies of key Asian states and the impact of these capabilities—both established and latent—on regional and international stability.

Strategic Asia 2012-13

In Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge, leading experts assess and forecast the impact of China’s growing military capabilities. What are China’s strategic aims? What are the challenges and opportunities facing the United States? How is the region responding to China’s military power and to the U.S. policy of “strategic rebalancing”? Purchase the volume in print, Kindle, and PDF formats.

Strategic Asia 2012-13 Book Launch Video

Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense, delivered the keynote address at the October 3, 2012, launch event for Strategic Asia 2012-13 in Washington, D.C. Select volume contributors presented research findings that assess China’s growing military capabilities and regional responses, as well as the resulting challenges and opportunities facing the United States. Watch the event video.

Strategic Asia 2011-12

Strategic Asia 2011-12: Asia Responds to its Rising Powers—China and India explores how Asian states are responding to the rise of China and India and the strategies these states are pursuing to preserve their national interests. Read the free Executive Summary for each chapter.

Strategic Asia 2011-12 Book Launch Audio and Video

The September launch event for Strategic Asia 2011–12: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers—China and India featured a keynote address by Assistant Secretary Robert O. Blake with panel presentations by Ashley J. Tellis and three other volume authors. Access event audio and video.

Understanding Xi Jinping and China’s New Generation of Leaders

In advance of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping's February 2012 meeting with President Obama and senior administration officials in Washington, D.C., Cheng Li discussed the importance of the visit, the challenges that Xi and a new generation of leaders face, and how the U.S.-China relationship might evolve in coming years.

Coping with Change on the Korean Peninsula

Chung Min Lee, Strategic Asia contributing author and Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies and the Underwood International College at Yonsei University, assesses the North Korean leadership transition and its implications for regional security and diplomacy.

China’s Response to a Rising India

How does China view its fellow rising giant? NBR spoke with M. Taylor Fravel, Strategic Asia contributing author and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argues that China views India’s rise as a largely positive development that promotes China’s own interests and objectives more than it threatens or challenges them.

India's Response to a Rising China

In an interview with NBR, India expert Harsh V. Pant argues that there is a growing realization among Indian policymakers that China poses a significant challenge to their nation’s global rise, but India will have to settle its own domestic issues before taking up the reins as a global and regional power.

Asia's Rise and U.S. Grand Strategy

Strategic Asia Program Research Director Ashley J. Tellis maintains that Asia continues to encounter challenges in many areas despite economic advancement. He argues that an effective U.S. grand strategy is necessary to face the complex international environment in a time of globalization. Read the full Q&A.

Praise for NBR’s Strategic Asia Series

“This year’s volume could not be more timely. Asian alliances are a centerpiece of the administration’s Asia-Pacific rebalancing policy. Our alliances are one of the greatest strengths of our regional strategy, they are a defining element of the regional architecture, and their roles and missions have evolved in important ways since the end of the Cold War, especially since 2009 when the Obama administration came in. This is a dynamic that deserves further study and further review, so this year’s volume is especially timely.”

Evan Medeiros, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council


“Every year this volume, like a fine wine, is more mature and wiser. When I was running the Asia office in the NSC, we would read this book, and several of the directors literally read it cover to cover.”

Michael J. Green, Former Senior Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council; Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Professor, Georgetown University


“I don’t know how often I’ve heard people quote from these volumes, and that doesn’t happen often in Washington.”

Kevin G. Nealer, Principal and Partner, The Scowcroft Group



Strategic Asia Volumes

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power

Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age

Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge

Strategic Asia 2011-12: Asia Responds to Its Rising Powers - China and India

Strategic Asia 2010-11: Asia's Rising Power and America's Continued Purpose

Strategic Asia 2009–10: Economic Meltdown and Geopolitical Stability

Strategic Asia 2008–09: Challenges and Choices

Strategic Asia 2007–08: Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy

Strategic Asia 2006–07: Trade, Interdependence, and Security

Strategic Asia 2005–06: Military Modernization in an Era of Uncertainty

Strategic Asia 2004–05: Confronting Terrorism in the Pursuit of Power

Strategic Asia 2003–04: Fragility and Crisis

Strategic Asia 2002–03: Asian Aftershocks

Strategic Asia 2001–02: Power and Purpose