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Able Archers: Taiwan Defense Strategy in an Age of Precision Strike

Ian Easton

This study describes efforts currently underway in the People’s Liberation Army for conducting precision strike operations against Taiwan, and explores Chinese military-technical writings to better understand related plans and capabilities. It assesses Taiwan’s military modernization program, in particular, its efforts to deny the PLA air superiority. This paper concludes with a brief discussion on Taiwan’s future defense strategy and offers recommendations for policymakers.

The Alliance: Towards a Stronger Partnership

The Project 2049 Institute

For the first time in the history of our nation, the Asia-Pacific is more important for the United States than any other region of the world. That is today. Tomorrow it will be even more vital. Indeed, the Asia-Pacific is the new epicenter of global affairs, and it is here that profound strategic changes are unfolding that will transform the international system. As one of the region’s most prosperous, powerful and pivotally located countries, Japan will play a key role in steering the trajectory of future developments in the region.This report is the capstone paper for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program (2012 - 2014).

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Insight #26:After Hong Kong, Macau?

Insight #25:Taiwan, Asia's Secret Air Power

Insight #24:Roots of Turmoil in Xinjiang: The Socioeconomic Divide between Uyghurs and Han Chinese

Insight #23:South Korea-China Relations: Limits of the “Strategic Cooperative Partnership”

Insight #22:Washington Should Highlight US-Taiwan Engagement Efforts

Insight #21:Taiwan’s China Policy: Struggles and Opportunities in Cross-party Cooperation

Insight #20:Opportunities Outweigh the Obstacles: A U.S. Perspective of Japan-ROK Naval Cooperation

Insight #19:Cultural Diplomacy: Taiwan

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China’s Evolving Reconnaissance-Strike Capabilities: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Ian Easton

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) is investing considerable resources into a military architecture that has the potential to alter the strategic fabric of the Western Pacific region. This includes the development of multiple redundant sensor capabilities for monitoring a vast maritime domain extending off of China’s coastline and deep into the Pacific. China’s expanding reconnaissance infrastructure is designed to support an array of precision strike capabilities for targeting ships at sea, command and control nodes, air bases, ports, and other critical facilities.

The People’s Liberation Army General Political Department: Political Warfare with Chinese Characteristics

Mark Stokes and Russell Hsiao

Political warfare is a critical component of Chinese security strategy and foreign policy. All nation-states seek to influence policies of others to varying degrees in order to secure their respective national interests. Political warfare seeks to influence emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals in a manner favorable to one’s own political-military objectives. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) rely on political warfare as a means to shape and define the discourse of international relations.

The Armitage-Nye Report: U.S.-Japan Alliance - Anchoring Stability in Asia

Richard Armitage and Joseph Nye

This report on the U.S.-Japan alliance comes at a time of drift in the relationship. As leaders in both the United States and Japan face a myriad of other challenges, the health and welfare of one of the world’s most important alliances is endangered. Although the arduous efforts of Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and his colleagues in both governments have largely kept the alliance stable, today’s challenges and opportunities in the region and beyond demand more. Together, we face the re-rise of China and its attendant uncertainties, North Korea with its nuclear capabilities and hostile intentions, and the promise of Asia’s dynamism. Elsewhere, there are the many challenges of a globalized world and an increasingly complex security environment. A stronger and more equal alliance is required to adequately address these and other great issues of the day.

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14-003: China’s Air Defense Identification System: The Role of PLA Air Surveillance


14-002: America’s Allies and Nuclear Arms: Assessing the Geopolitics of Nonproliferation in Asia

America's Allies and Nuclear Arms



Japan ROK Naval Cooperation

14-001: “Destined to Cooperate”: Japan-ROK Naval Cooperation and its Implications for U.S. Strategic Interests in Northeast Asia


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