December 24, 2010

Economic Implications of China’s 5th Generation Leadership

With Vice President Xi Jinping’s recent appointment as Vice-Chairman of China’s powerful Central Military Commission, Hu Jintao’s successor is all but set. Xi now holds all […]
December 21, 2010

Dark Futures: Thinking About North Korea’s Coming Leadership Transition

The past year has witnessed a remarkable and troubling series of events that indicate Northeast Asia may be entering into a period of profound instability driven […]
December 10, 2010

After the Flood: Pakistan Domestic Security and Implications for Sino-Pakistan Relations

Recovering from its worst flood in 80 years, Pakistan is facing—among a laundry list of woes—gas shortages, food and water scarcity, agricultural losses, infrastructural damage, and a […]
November 9, 2010

China’s Secret Co-orbital Satellites: The Quiet Surge in Space

The emergence of space as a strategic frontier in the Asia-Pacific has raised concerns that China’s nascent space capabilities could be employed in future military operations. […]
November 2, 2010

Urban mining: recycling Japan’s rare earth metals

Significant reserves of rare earths currently reside in Japan’s ‘urban mines,’ or discarded consumer electronics. It has been estimated that these used electronics could yield up […]
October 22, 2010

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Regional Powerhouse or Military Theatre?

According to official statements, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was officially founded to promote peaceful coexistence and dialogue between China, Russia, and Central Asian states. The SCO’s […]
October 7, 2010

North Korea’s Food Security Future

North Korea’s December 2009 currency revaluation triggered disastrous consequences. Many citizens lost life savings and some died of starvation as a result of severe inflation and […]
September 27, 2010

Tip of the Spear: The 13 Missions for the U.S. Marines in Okinawa

The latest from the Project 2049 Institute’s Insight Series By: Tetsuo Kotani | The shifting balance of military power in the Asia-Pacific is altering strategic calculations […]
September 15, 2010

China’s Rare Earth Monopoly

Rare earth elements are a key strategic resource for the 21st century. Although the global market is small compared to commodities such as oil or steel, […]
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