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November 2017

South Korea’s Grand Strategy in Transition: Coping with Existential Threats and New Political Forces

Chung Min Lee

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the development of South Korea’s grand strategy, with special reference to the military dimension, and argues that it is critical for South Korea to undertake structural military reforms and create a new bipartisan national security paradigm.

November 2017

U.S. Strategy: Confronting Challenges Abroad and Constraints at Home

Thomas G. Mahnken

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explores the continuities in U.S. grand strategy and national military strategy, assesses how U.S. military strategy is produced through the interaction of material capabilities and strategic culture, describes threats to the strategy of power projection, and outlines the need to develop a long-term strategy to defend U.S. interests in an increasingly contested security environment.

November 2017

Ideas, Perceptions, and Power: An Examination of China’s Military Strategy

Oriana Skylar Mastro

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explains how a broad base of national power, the prevalence of perceived maritime threats, and national narratives about the “century of humiliation” and Chinese exceptionalism combine to make regional power projection the most attractive national military strategy to Chinese leaders.

November 2017

Putin and Russia’s Strategic Priorities

Mark N. Katz

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter discusses Russia’s military strategy under Vladimir Putin, its connection to Russian material capabilities and strategic culture, and Putin’s reasons for prioritizing the U.S. and the West as the greatest external threat that Moscow faces.

November 2017

Power and Ideas in the Making of Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes the variables that shape a country’s grand and national military strategies and discusses their implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

November 2017

Power, Ideas, and Politics: Obstacles to an Externally Oriented Indonesian Military Strategy

Ann Marie Murphy

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes Indonesia’s security threats, material capacity, and strategic culture and assesses how these factors interact to produce the country’s military strategies.

October 2017

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

Expert Brief

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.

April 2017

Sino-Russian Military Cooperation and Japanese Defense Policy

Ken Jimbo

Essays

This essay examines recent developments in Japan-Russia relations and assesses the implications of both China’s rise and the U.S.-Japan alliance for this relationship.

August 2016

Declaring Consistent Commitments: U.S. Maritime Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Admiral Jonathan Greenert (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations, discusses U.S. maritime and security interests in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations on how to maintain regional stability and ensure commitments to allies in an interview with NBR.

November 2015

China’s National Power: A Colossus with Iron or Clay Feet?

Nadège Rolland

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the foundations of China’s national power: its national resources, national performance, and military capabilities.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
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Electricity at the Right Price
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
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