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Podcast: Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Listen as Strategic Asia editors Ashley Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Michael Wills (NBR) discuss the newest volume in the series, Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

Testimony on "Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road"

NBR Senior Vice President Roy D. Kamphausen testified on November 15 before the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Watch the webcast or read the prepared remarks.

The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress: Implications for the United States and Its Allies

NBR's president Richard J. Ellings and senior fellow William J. McCahill discuss the 19th Party Congress and its implications for the United States and its allies in a recent podcast.

Japan-Malaysia Cooperation in the New Security Landscape of the Indo-Pacific

Sumathy Permal (Centre for the Straits of Malacca, Maritime Institute of Malaysia) discusses existing and potential areas of strategic cooperation between Japan and Malaysia as they mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. 

Civil-Military “Rules of the Game” on the Eve of China’s 19th Party Congress

Andrew Scobell (RAND) assesses the position of the PLA on the eve of the 19th Party Congress—scheduled to begin October 18—and challenges conventional assumptions about civil-military relations in the PRC.

Hydropower in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby (Stimson Center) explain the complexities of the region's power sector as countries are turning to the Mekong River to power their growing economies and expand energy access.

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Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea

June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation and the influence of the traditional chaebol system on domestic drivers of innovation.

On the Eve of Trump’s Visit to China: Examining Beijing's Strategic Priorities

Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) argues that China is pursuing a military strategy of “regional power projection” to protect its national interests and shape both the regional security architecture and the decision-making of other actors.

Asia’s Energy Security and China's Belt and Road Initiative

This NBR Special Report examines the enormous range of China’s activities under the Belt and Road Initiative and analyzes the implications for the Eurasian continental and maritime energy environment.

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) discusses the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee

At the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) offers insight on who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

The CCP's Commentary System

In this advance Asia Policy release, David Gitter and Leah Fang examine the Chinese Communist Party'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.

Bangladesh’s Climate Change Challenge

Ashley Johnson (NBR) discusses three heavily emphasized concerns expressed by policymakers in Bangladesh—disaster relief, community stability, and food security—and some of the proposed methods to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

China’s 19th Party Congress

Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years.

The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election

Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory in the October 22 election for this emerging Abe doctrine.

Chinese Government Support for New Energy Vehicles as a Trade Battleground

Marika Heller (Crumpton Group) examines China's policies supporting the development of new energy vehicles and their impact on foreign auto firms operating within China. She argues that a trade crisis between the United States and China could stem from the auto industry.

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Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

This new volume identifies how Asia's major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges.

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