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Archive – August 2012

Former Postdoctoral Fellow, Professor Taylor Fravel of MIT, reviews the evolution evolution of U.S. policy toward the South China Sea from 1995 to the present.  He also examines whether the United States policy after 2010 had emboldened claimants or enhanced stability.  The paper was written in preparation for Professor Fravel's panel participation at the Berlin Conference on Asian Security, organized by the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wis
The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently debated in the Economist whether the rise of China is a trheat to East Asian Stability.
Former CWP Alum writes on China's anti-piracy efforts in and around the Gulf of Aden in ‘Selfish Superpower’ No Longer? China’s Anti-Piracy Activities and 21st-Century Global Maritime Governance, Harvard Asia Quarterly, 14.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 92-102. In it, Andrew Erickson writes China has actively maintained an anti-piracy military presence for nearly four years in and around the Gulf of Aden, the strategic maritime region situated between the Horn of Afric
A publication of the China Maritime Studies Institute, China Mind Warfare: a PLA Navy 'Assassin's Mace' Capability, analyses China's remergence as a maritime power.  Full report here. 
A former postdoctoral fellow, Ja Ian Chong, recently published a new book called External Intervention and the Politics of State Formation – China, Indonesia, and Thailand, 1893–1952 (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2012). From the Publisher: This book explores ways foreign intervention and external rivalries can affect the institutionalization of governance in weak states. When sufficiently competitive, foreign rivalries in a weak state can actually foster the polit