People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Conference: Assessing China’s Military
In collaboration with the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), NBR convenes an invitation-only conference assembling the world’s leading specialists from academe, government, the military, and policy think tanks to examine critical trends in the study of China’s military.
Held annually in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the conference indentifies a unique topic that changes every year through which to explore the key developments in PLA studies. The findings of each conference result in an edited volume published by SSI. Since its inception in 1990, the conference has remained an invaluable source of analysis and research on the PLA.
The National Bureau of Asian Research, in partnership with the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) of the U.S. Army War College, and U.S. Pacific Command held the 23rd Annual People's Liberation Army Conference on October 19-21, 2012, in Carlisle, PA.
This year's conference examined the key developments in the PLA during the Hu Jintao leadership period. Specifically, the conference assessed what advances the PLA has made in the past decade in order to improve understanding of the future direction of continued military development in China.
This year’s conference also saw the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies awarded to Andrew S. Erickson (U.S. Naval War College) for his outstanding contributions to the understanding of China’s military.