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Rebuilding Deterrence: Post-2015 Defense Guidelines Challenges Facing the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Sugio Takahashi

On 27 April 2015, Japan and the U.S. concluded the new Guidelines for the Japan-U.S. Defense Cooperation. This paper will explore the challenges facing the alliance after the revision of the Defense Guidelines. It will examine the evolution of Japanese thought on deterrence as outlined in the 2010 and 2013 National Defense Program Guidelines. It will also assess the strategic implications of China’s military modernization. This paper will conclude by offering possible policy solutions to the challenges facing the U.S.-Japan alliance in maintaining deterrence.

Chinese Activities in the South China Sea: Implications for the American Pivot to Asia

Kelsey Broderick

This paper analyzes the background of the South China Sea dispute and the extent to which the American rebalance has influenced China's actions in the Sea. Following an assessment of the legal definitions found in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and a look at China's military developments, the paper concludes with a discussion on how the rebalance has failed to prevent China from unilaterally changing the status quo in the South China Sea and looks at ways the rebalance can become more effective in the future.

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Insight #36:Hollywood and the Chinese Market

Insight #35:SPECIAL: Sun Tzu Simplified: An Approach to Analyzing China’s Regional Military Strategies

Insight #34:A Reverse Pivot: China’s New Grand Canal

Insight #33:Arming Ukraine: Lessons for Beijing

Insight #32:A Peculiar Panic: Russia’s S-400 SAM Sale to China

Insight #31:Sri Lanka’s Election: Implications for China and the US

Insight #30:Japan’s Snap Election: a Risky Game for Abe and Abenomics

Insight #29:China’s Friendship Treaty: a Distraction from South China Sea Diplomacy

Insight #28:Modi's Visit to Tokyo: A Snapshot of Japan-India Relations

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China's Military Developments and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Project 2049 Institute

In 2015, the Project 2049 Institute launched a program to focus on trends in China’s military advancements and how the U.S. and Japan can coordinate closely to maintain the peace and stability that has anchored the Asia-Pacific region’s economic dynamism and growth over the past 60 years. The discussions drew upon perspectives from U.S. and Japanese experts who work in a variety of government and non-governmental positions. This paper serves as a capstone for the various discussions held over the course of the program in both Washington, D.C. and San Diego.

Standing Watch: Taiwan and Maritime Domain Awareness in the Western Pacific

Ian Easton and Randall Schriver

This paper provides a preliminary assessment of Taiwan’s naval intelligence capabilities and evaluates its role in a future U.S.-led architecture for joint Western Pacific maritime domain awareness. The study examines Taiwan’s capabilities for monitoring its surrounding waters and the potential role of Taiwan in assisting the United States improve its situational awareness during maritime operations. The paper concludes that it is in the American interest to integrate Taiwan’s capabilities into a joint infrastructure for shared indications and warning (I&W) and regional situational awareness.

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.

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