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September 2018

China-Russia Relations: Strategic Implications and U.S. Policy Options

Robert Sutter


This report provides an overview of the scope and implications of China-Russia relations, explains why Sino-Russian cooperation against U.S. interests has increased during the past decade, assesses key determinants, and examines U.S. policy options.

July 2018

Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia after the Reform Period

Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki


Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra, and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki address civil-military relations in Indonesia by examining the creeping renewal of military involvement in national policy implementation and the key drivers that contribute to this trend.

July 2018

Russia's Strategic Partnerships with China and South Korea: The Impact of THAAD

Anthony V. Rinna


Anthony V. Rinna examines the effects of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system on Russia’s strategic partnerships with China and South Korea.

July 2018

The Impact of Sanctions on North Korea

Rüdiger Frank, Sung-Yoon Lee, Catherine Jones, Justin V. Hastings, Roberta Cohen and Robert Huish


UN sanctions now target approximately 90% of North Korea’s publicly reported exports. In this roundtable, Rüdiger Frank, Sung-Yoon Lee, Catherine Jones, Justin V. Hastings, Roberta Cohen, and Robert Huish present a range of different perspectives on the impact that sanctions are having on North Korea and whether they will be successful in convincing the Kim regime to commit to the path of denuclearization.

July 2018

Michael J. Green's By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

Stephen G. Brooks, Kurt M. Campbell, Rush Doshi, Michael J. Green, James R. Holmes, Adam P. Liff and Ashley J. Tellis

Book Review Roundtable

Michael Green’s By More Than Providence broadly explores the history of U.S. grand strategy in the Asia-Pacific since U.S.-Asia relations began in 1783. Reviewers Kurt Campbell, Rush Doshi, James Holmes, Ashley Tellis, Adam Liff, and Stephen Brooks discuss the relevance of Green’s historical work and the insights it provides for the future of U.S. grand strategy.

May 2018

The Future of Asia’s Natural Gas Market: The Need for a Regional LNG Hub

Leslie Palti-Guzman


In this advance Asia Policy release, Leslie Palti-Guzman (GasVista) examines how the LNG market functions in Asia and presents the case for developing a regional trading hub. She argues that a hub would not only improve the efficiency of the Asian gas market but also enhance energy security and facilitate greener economic development, among other benefits.

April 2018

Japan’s Return to Great Power Politics: Abe’s Restoration

Kenneth B. Pyle

Special Essay

This essay explains how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engineering a seismic shift in Japan’s foreign policy from a postwar position of dependence and subordination in the U.S.-led order to a proactive and independent role, which in the uncertain regional environment is likely to gain increasing popular support.

April 2018

Kazakhstan at a Crossroads

Charles J. Sullivan


This essay examines Kazakhstan’s latest economic modernization campaign, highlights its shortcomings, and proposes how the West could assist the country’s ruling elite in carrying out reforms to complement the modernization process.

April 2018

Contending Visions of the Regional Order in East Asia

Bhubhindar Singh, Yuen Foong Khong, Feng Zhang, Takashi Terada, Xinquan Tu, Yue Lyu, Hideshi Tokuchi, Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Andrew Carr, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Dewi Fortuna Anwar and Tran Viet Thai


This roundtable examines the tensions between U.S. and Chinese visions of regional order in East Asia from the perspective of nations in the region.

April 2018

Avoiding U.S.-China Competition Is Futile: Why the Best Option Is to Manage Strategic Rivalry

Timothy R. Heath and William R. Thompson


This article argues that the structural drivers of U.S.-China competition are too deep to resolve through cooperative engagement and that policymakers must instead accept the reality of strategic rivalry and aim to manage it at a lower level of intensity.

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