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In Depth: Military and Asia Pacific

1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

31 Oct 2012

Superpower Symbiosis: The Russia-China Axis

China and Russia appear to have a cooperative relationship, but with competing energy and territorial interests in the mix, not to mention domestic instabilities, the future might not be so rosy.
27 Jun 2012

China and India Today: Diplomats Jostle, Militaries Prepare

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.
1 Mar 2011

Nervous Neighbors: China Finds a Sphere of Influence

ASEAN encourages the sovereignty of its members. That’s probably why China can exploit it so easily. It’s also probably why its members want to hedge Beijing with closer US ties — ties Washington is all to happy to grant.

Letter from the Editor: March/April 2011

Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington may have seemed bland, but it nonetheless felt like a watershed. As the US angles for a new tack with China, Richard Weitz tells how China’s neighbors have adjusted for Beijing’s mischief and Rafael Marques de Morais details China’s new imperialism in Angola. Plus, arms strategy veteran Richard Perle makes the argument against “Global Zero,” Victor Davis Hanson, James Traub, and others envision AfPak in 2020, Nile Gardiner assesses the special relationship, and more.
29 Apr 2013

Kim Renews Nuclear Attack Bluster

North Korea needs international life support aid again. So, once again, North Korea waves sabers and calls for death.
20 Feb 2013

Winds of Change in the South China Sea

As Brunei takes over ASEAN's rotating chairmanship from China-friendly Cambodia, the prospects for a resolution of China's overreaching territorial pursuits could get interesting.
28 Jun 2013

US Missile Defense: Closing the Gap

With threats growing in North Korea, Iran, and elsewhere, the US must improve existing missile-defense capabilities in the near term with an eye to developing new technologies as well.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
1 May 2011

The Long Goodbye: The Future North Korea

North Korea remains painfully backward as its neighbors experience booming economies. But the Kim family dynasty’s grip on the country is loosening. That's why China and others in East Asia are planning for a North Korean future that involves painful and possibly chaotic change—and why the US needs to as well.
28 Jun 2013

The Forgotten Genocide: North Korea’s Prison State

The Kim regime’s crimes against the North Korean people are tantamount to genocide and crimes against humanity—and linked to Pyongyang’s militarism in ways other nations can no longer ignore.
28 Feb 2012

Mahan’s Naval Strategy: China Learned It. Will America Forget It?

Alfred Thayer Mahan’s naval theory helped shape US defense strategy in the American century, but that influence could be waning.
1 Sep 2009

Restraining Order: For Strategic Modesty

The world may still need a lot of help, but as Harvey Sapolsky and his colleagues argue, it's time that we divvy up some of the work among our allies.
1 Sep 2010

The Real Reset: Moscow Refights the Cold War

Washington thinks it's gotten a fresh start with Moscow. In fact, our old adversary has merely fallen back into its old Cold War habits.
1 Jun 2008

Dear Mr. President ...

You will no doubt have been advised against adopting any view that seems or seeks to attribute all events to one single cause. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the absolutely central and consistent role played, in so many of our difficulties, by the People’s Republic of China ...
1 Sep 2010

Deja Vu All Over Again: Are We Repeating Vietnam?

Rufus Phillips watched Vietnam unfold from the beginning, serving there from 1954 to 1968. Now he's taking his perspective to Afghanistan, which he visited last year to aid with elections in Kabul.
1 Mar 2008

The Ethics of Fleeing: What America Still Owes Iraq

The Iraq War has, or bids to, become a litmus test of political identity of the sort that Americans associate with the Vietnam War. We should all be troubled by this. Those of us who opposed the Vietnam War may have called it correctly, but it is important to recall the fates of the Vietnamese ...
16 Aug 2016

Xi Jinping Purge of Military Brass Continues

Xi Jinping continues to purge political detractors in the People’s Liberation Army in his relentless quest to consolidate power. These sidelined officers may be waiting for Xi to falter before they strike back.
20 Nov 2013

America the Generous

Some suggest US aid to the Philippines is an effort to diminish China's image after the authoritarian regime offered so little, but it’s also more typical of a democracy to value humanitarianism.
31 Dec 2012

India Looks East

Thanks to its aggressive behavior on trade and territorial issues, China has pushed India and the nations of Southeast Asia right into each other’s arms. But Beijing is still angling for leverage.
5 Jun 2012

America’s Friends in Asia

As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s recent visit to Vietnam shows, Washington is responding to Chinese aggression in the Pacific by strengthening alliances and military commitments.
31 Jan 2012

Beijing Targets the Philippines

A recent thaw in relations between the Philippines and the US shows just how serious Chinese aggression in the South China Sea has become.
19 Mar 2009

Did North Korea Just Kidnap Two American Journalists?

the border region. It looks, however, like the reporters were “detained” ...

26 Oct 2011

Did We Lose in Iraq? No, and Here’s Why.

this perfectly well. “To countries in the region,” Secretary of State Hillary ...

1 Aug 2013

China Eyes a Forward Base in the Atlantic

Insiders say Beijing is eyeing Lajes Field, a US air base near the middle of the Atlantic. Washington is considering downscaling its presence there, which would be folly.
20 Sep 2012

Conflict on Asia’s Horizon

China’s increasingly threatening rhetoric, backed by ongoing maritime incursions in neighboring waters, has raised concerns throughout the region—and in the US.
29 Apr 2013

Kim Renews Nuclear Attack Bluster

North Korea needs international life support aid again. So, once again, North Korea waves sabers and calls for death.
20 Feb 2013

Winds of Change in the South China Sea

As Brunei takes over ASEAN's rotating chairmanship from China-friendly Cambodia, the prospects for a resolution of China's overreaching territorial pursuits could get interesting.
11 Apr 2013

What if North Korea is Serious?

Kim Jong Un's war-mongering theatrics are likely designed to extort aid from the West, as his father did before him. But what if this dictator really does go off the deep end?
21 May 2012

Should the US Ratify the UN Sea Treaty Because of China?

A recent White House effort to ratify the UN’s Law of the Sea treaty seems to miss an important point: when it comes to China, it’s the enforcement, not the rules, that really count.
18 Mar 2013

Why Missile Defense? Because China Is Arming North Korea

China criticized the Pentagon this week for announcing an increase in America’s missile-defense arsenal—and yet Beijing enabled the very North Korean rockets that Washington is protecting against.
12 Dec 2011

Washington Still Can’t Talk Honestly About China

It's time for Washington to talk honestly about its strategic efforts to curb Beijing's expansionism.
20 Jun 2011

Indian Military Delegation Now in China

On Sunday, an eight-member Indian military delegation arrived in China for a six-day visit to Beijing, Shanghai, and the Xinjiang region.

5 Oct 2011

China and Russia, Parting Ways

as an efficient link between Europe and the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.” Nobody ...

3 Mar 2011

From Saigon to Baghdad

A few years ago just about everyone in the region shuddered when ...

1 Jul 2009

A Conversation with Robert D. Kaplan

of Eastern Europe during the Cold War. It provided a buffer region for the Russians, a buffer region that was under their total control. So what ...

19 Nov 2013

Philippines Divides Regional Aid Efforts by Country

China Post. Taiwan 10:35 AM EST
21 May 2013

Philippines Boosts Military against Regional 'Bullies'

Asia One. Singapore. 10:55 AM EDT
14 Jun 2011
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