Modernizing Deterrence: How China Coerces, Compels, and Deters
Illustration by Nate Christenson
Edited volume from the People's Liberation Army Conference

Modernizing Deterrence
How China Coerces, Compels, and Deters

Edited by Roy D. Kamphausen
November 1, 2022 The National Bureau of Asian Research

Modernizing Deterrence: How China Coerces, Compels, and Deters (forthcoming November 2022) features papers from the 2021 People’s Liberation Army Conference convened by the National Bureau of Asian Research and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s China Strategic Focus Group. Leading experts explore how the PLA’s modernizing capabilities and evolving doctrine suggest that a fundamental shift in China’s approach to deterrence may be underway. Taken together, the nine chapters collected in this volume reveal broad changes to China’s deterrence strategy across conventional, strategic, asymmetric, and emerging domains and consider how Chinese strategists and planners assess the PLA’s ability to navigate conflict scenarios when deterrence fails.