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NBR Joint Publications

Edited volumes and monographs that address U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region, released in cooperation with external publishers.


Right Sizing the People's Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China's Military

Andrew Scobell and Roy Kamphausen

This volume addresses how the leadership of China and the PLA view what size of PLA best meets China’s requirements. Among other things, this analytical process makes important new contributions on the question of PLA transparency, long an issue among PLA watchers. A great deal of emphasis has been put on understanding not only how, but also why a military modernizes itself. Some of the determining factors are national policies and strategy, doctrine, organizational structure, missions, and service cultures. While this list is not exhaustive, it does begin to paint a picture of just how broad and deep military interests run. It is important when we look at the structure and strategy for growth within the Chinese military that we see the world as China sees it. We need to see a world in which the “Taiwan issue” as well as that of North Korea and others are not viewed as short-term concerns, but fit into how China sees itself in a long-term leadership role in the region and in the world.

For more information and to download a free copy, please visit the Strategic Studies Institute.

Read a transcript of the book launch event or learn more about the 2006 PLA conference, Exploring the "Right Size for China’s Military".

Table of Contents

Right Sizing the People's Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China's Military
Andrew Scobell and Roy Kamphausen

Other Joint Publications

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025
Roy Kamphausen and David Lai

Learning by Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad
Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Travis Tanner

Assessing the People’s Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era
Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Travis Tanner

Slade Gorton: A Half Century in Politics
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Chinese Lessons from Other Peoples' Wars
Andrew Scobell, David Lai and Roy Kamphausen

2011 APEC Energy Policy Roundtable Report: Realizing APEC's Energy Growth through Sound Energy Policy

The PLA at Home and Abroad: Assessing the Operational Capabilities of China's Military
Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Andrew Scobell

Beyond the Strait: PLA Missions Other Than Taiwan
Roy Kamphausen, David Lai and Andrew Scobell

The "People" in the PLA: Recruitment, Training, and Education in China's Military
Roy Kamphausen, Andrew Scobell and Travis Tanner

Right Sizing the People's Liberation Army: Exploring the Contours of China's Military
Andrew Scobell and Roy Kamphausen

China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending perspectives on politics, security, and economics
Evelyn Goh and Sheldon W. Simon

Energy, Wealth and Governance in the Caucasus and Central Asia
Richard M. Auty and Indra de Soysa

Russia's Far East: A Region at Risk
Judith Thornton and Charles E. Ziegler

The Many Faces of Asian Security
Sheldon W. Simon

Korea's Future and the Great Powers
Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard J. Ellings

Energy Conflict in Central Asia and the Caucasus
Robert Ebel and Rajan Menon

From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific
Donald C. Hellmann and Kenneth B. Pyle

Korean Approaches Reunification
Nicholas Eberstadt