Asia Policy 14.4  (October 2019)

Asia Policy 14.4
October 2019

October 30, 2019 The National Bureau of Asian Research

This issue of Asia Policy features two roundtables: one on U.S.-Taiwan relations under the Taiwan Relations Act and one on Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election and its implications. Thailand also held national elections this year, and a special essay addresses what the process and results portend for democracy there. Articles examine how military reforms have enhanced China’s ability to more effectively challenge international and regional norms as well as the interplay between the European Union’s institutional diplomacy and French-led naval diplomacy in Europe’s Indo-Pacific strategy. A book review roundtable focuses on Nicholas R. Lardy’s The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China?


The Future of the Taiwan Relations Act: Adaptation and Continuity

Scott L. Kastner, Shelley Rigger, Lauren Dickey, Chieh-Ting Yeh, and Jacques deLisle


Indonesia After the 2019 Election

Alexander R. Arifianto, Thomas Pepinsky, Evan A. Laksmana, Dewi Fortuna Anwar, and Ann Marie Murphy

Special Essay

Thailand’s 2019 Elections: A State of Democratic Dictatorship?

Duncan McCargo and Saowanee T. Alexander


PLA Reform, a New Normative Contest, and the Challenge for ASEAN

Angela Poh and Weichong Ong


European Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: The Interplay between Institutional and State-Level Naval Diplomacy

Liselotte Odgaard

Book Review Roundtable

Nicholas R. Lardy’s The State Strikes Back: The End of Economic Reform in China?

Kenneth Pomeranz, Yuen Yuen Ang, Loren Brandt, and Nicholas R. Lardy

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