Anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden represent a successful example of international cooperation to secure sea lines of communication (SLOC), which involves cooperation between the U.S. and China and with the navies of many other nations. What are the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. and Chinese naval cooperation in the fight against piracy, and what lessons does each nation’s experience in the Gulf of Aden offer for future Sino-American joint efforts to safeguard SLOCs in other maritim
National University of Singapore Professor and former CWP postdoctoral Fellow, Ja Ian Chong, is the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, given by the International Securities Studies Section of the International Studies Association.
Professor Chong posits in External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation: China, Indonesia, and Thailand, 1893-1952 when foreign actors face high opportunity costs of intervention in a weak state, their behavior may foster state sovereignty. This occu
In a China Real Time Report, former CWP Fellow Andrew Erickson and CWP Fellow for the upcoming academic year Adam Liff write that China’s official defense budget is projected to increase 12.2% in 2014 to roughly 808 billion yuan ($132 Billion), while the country’s economic growth is expected to hold steady at 7.5%. This year’s projected growth is higher than last year’s defense spending and marks the third year in a row that official military spending is projected to
We are pleased to announce the selection of the Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Among the many highly qualified applications, four were selected. They will begin their fellowship in September and will be available for office hours (to be posted later this year).
Alanna Krolikowski focuses her research on China-U.S. relations in strategic high-technology sectors. Her doctoral dissertation examines trade and technical cooperation between the two countries in comme
Alexis Dudden, Professor of History at the University of Connecticut and a Visiting Research Scholar to the Research Community on Empires, Princeton University, and Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Chancellor’s Professor of History at UC Irvine, writes from historians' point of view that the possibility of armed conflict between Japan and China is higher than at any point since 1945. In the past year, tensions between them have risen dramatically because of a sovereignty dispute ove
James R. Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, recently presented a presentation on threat assessment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and China was a large component of his remarks on East Asia. He contends that Xi Jinping’s leadership will largely emphasize domestic objectives and that China’s hawkish behavior in maritime disputes will likely stay constant or escalate. China’s bullishness is spurred by increasingly Sinocentric readings of history, and
China recently conducted a test of an HGV (Hypersonic Glide Vehicle) missile system. The missile test reached a speed of Mach 10 and hint at advances in China’s anti-ship ballistic missile (ABSM) technologies. HGV missiles are harder to intercept than other missile systems because they approach targets from a relatively flat angle and are very maneuverable. They are also very precise. U.S. pundits argue that the U.S. now needs better missile interception systems. Current systems generally
Andrew S. Erickson, a China and the World fellow in the 2010-2011 academic year, recently co-authored an article in Asia Policy with Austin M. Strange on China’s naval security policies. He argues that in two key, pirate-ridden areas, the Gulf of Aden and the Mekong River, Chinese policy is driven by “pragmatic calculations of its national interests” and not “traditional ideologies and principles”. Tradition may drive China’s views of its claims in t
Former CWP Fellow Andrew Erickson of the US Naval War College writes on China's near-seas challenges. THE U.S. National Intelligence Council forecasts that China will become the world’s largest economy (measured by purchasing-power parity) in 2022. Jane’s predicts that by 2015 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) funding will double to $238 billion, surpassing that of NATO’s eight largest militaries after the United States combined. The International Institute for Strategic
Former CWP Fellow, Ja Ian Chong, Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, recently published an article entitled, "Popular Narratives versus Chinese History: Implications for Understanding an Emergent China" in the European Journal of International Relations. The full article may be found here, here, and here.
Closely associated with China’s growing prominence in international politics are discussions about how to understand Chinese history, and h