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Archive – March 2012

On Foreign Entanglements, Rob Farley (Lawyers, Guns and Money, University of Kentucky) speaks with Andrew Erickson, editor of Chinese Aerospace Power.  Andrew and Rob discuss the long road to development of China's new aircraft carrier, including the choices that the carrier represents and what it might portend for China's military future.  They then work through the implications of China's development of anti-ship ballistic missiles and what it tells us about China's m
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has released a staff research report entitled The Chinese Communist Party and Its Emerging Next-Generation Leaders. The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), expected to convene sometime in autumn 2012, will inaugurate a major leadership transition in China. This report provides an overview of the institutions of the CCP and its procedures for leadership succession, as well as profiles of the leading candidates expecte
In Asian Security, Professor M. Taylor Fravel examines the sources of the PLA’s new emphasis on nonwar military operations (not to be confused with “military operations than war” or MOOTW in U.S. doctrine).  He explores why China’s armed forces have sought to strengthen their ability to conduct noncombat operations, especially domestic ones, even though China’s military modernization for traditional combat operations is far from complete. Full article here.
Former Fellow Andrew Erickson, in his article "China’s Defense Spending Dilemma," China’s always-controversial defense budget announcement will attract particular notice this year.  He states that While the U.S. implements potentially dramatic cuts to its defense spending growth, China is robustly increasing its military spending, which is officially set to grow at a clip of 11.2% to 670.2 billion RMB ($106.4 billion) in 2012. (This figure does not cover all of Chi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a day-long March 7 conference co-hosted by USIP and the Richard Nixon Foundation: The Week that Changed the World: President Nixon’s Historic Trip to China and the Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations.  She described the challenge of overcoming U.S. differences with a rising China as requiring nothing less than reversing the tendency of geopolitical history. “We are now trying to find an answer, a new answer to the ancient question of what
Sheena Chestnut Greitens, a doctoral candidate in government at Harvard and a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and at the Miller Center, University of Virginia, writes on North Korea after the recent leadership transition from Kim Jong-il to Kim Jong-un, and whether he will be able to hold the country together.  She states that Kim Jong-un confronts the same problem faced by every dictator: how to generate enough money to pay off the small group of elite supporters &m
Former CWP Fellow Andrew Erickson writes that recently uncovered stores of mineral resources in East Africa create competition between Brazilian, Japanese, Indian, Irish, Anglo-Australian and Chinese investors. Already a strategic region for China, East Africa is about to become even more important to the world’s second-largest economy. The rapid economic growth that natural resource development stands to produce will likely fuel heightened commercial and diplomatic competition in
In Volume III of H-Diplo | ISSF, Director Tom Christensen's new book, Worse than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia, was reviewed by four reviewers who praised it for “presenting novel and thought-provoking interpretations about the ... implications of alliance politics during the Cold War and beyond,” and proposes that scholars reevaluate previous claims “made about certain important features of the Cold War” in light of his &quo
CWP Fellow Wuthnow writes about the likelihood of China's intervention with regard to Iran in the Diplomat.