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October 2017

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

David Gitter and Leah Fang

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In this advance Asia Policy release, 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.

July 2017

Policy by Other Means: Collective Self-Defense and the Politics of Japan’s Postwar Constitutional Reinterpretations

Adam P. Liff

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This article analyzes Japan’s 2014 landmark cabinet decision reinterpreting the constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense (CSD) in both a historical and a contemporary context and assesses its implications for the conditions under which Japan may use military force.

January 2017

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea: Can a Black-and-White System Adapt to a Gray-Zone Reality?

Céline Pajon

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This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

January 2017

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea

Robert Huish

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This article examines the ineffectiveness of current sanctions on marine traffic into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by identifying four weaknesses that allow traffic there to continue: flags of convenience, misidentification or false registration, offshore ownership, and shell-firm owners, managers, and insurers.

July 2016

A Global People's Liberation Army: Possibilities, Challenges, and Opportunities

Kristen Gunness and Oriana Skylar Mastro

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This article assesses the factors shaping whether China will develop significant military expeditionary capabilities, the conditions under which Chinese leaders may decide to use the military outside East Asia, and implications for the U.S.

July 2016

China’s Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy

Timothy R. Heath

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This article argues that China’s approach to economic diplomacy following the global financial crisis, while designed to improve the country’s competitiveness, has weakened the role that trade and investment have traditionally played in restraining tensions with the U.S.

July 2016

Securitizing the TPP in Japan: Policymaking Structure and Discourse

Aurelia George Mulgan

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This article attempts to measure and define the level of “securitization” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Japanese national politics by analyzing both the structure of policymaking and the policy discourse on the TPP under the Abe administration until the October 2015 agreement reached in Atlanta.

July 2015

Internal Migration in North Korea: Preparation for Governmental Disruption

Sandra Fahy

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This article proposes that preparation for internal migration in North Korea, in the case of governmental disruption, will ameliorate humanitarian concerns inside the country while also providing disincentives for outward migration into neighboring countries.

July 2015

From Strategic Partnership to Strategic Alliance? Australia-Japan Security Ties and the Asia-Pacific

Thomas S. Wilkins

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This article addresses the developing security relationship between Australia and Japan and assesses implications for the U.S. and the region.

July 2015

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Assessing the Operational Value of Engaging PLA Leadership

James P. Nolan

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This article examines if trust can be established between U.S. and Chinese military leaders and what operational value can be derived from those personal relationships.

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