Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

The United States has announced that it will deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to the Republic of Korea. China has objected as it fears encirclement. The United States should continue to engage with China via official and other channels to mitigate concerns and avoid misperceptions.

Indian Minimum Deterrence for South Asia's New Nuclear Environment

Indian Minimum Deterrence for South Asia’s New Nuclear Environment

Pakistan’s Nasr tactical nuclear missile platform is driving Indian debate on its current minimum deterrence doctrine. India’s minimum deterrence concept should indeed be reformulated. A new defense policy review should integrate nuclear, conventional and subconventional approaches for reasons of effectiveness and continued public support.

Preventing Nuclear Disaster in South Asia: The role of the United States

Preventing Nuclear Disaster in South Asia: The role of the United States

The current trends in the South Asian nuclear rivalry are likely to make the US crisis management role more challenging in any future crisis iterations, with no guarantee of success, but it is crucial that the US remain engaged and try to prevent escalation.

The precarious China-Russia partnership erodes security in East Asia

The precarious China-Russia partnership erodes security in East Asia

The real progress in building partnership is far weaker than Moscow and Beijing try to demonstrate, but this is worrisome news for their East Asian neighbors.

Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea

Rising Bipolarity in the South China Sea

Despite soft-balancing by the United States and its pivot to Asia, China is likely to continue its expansionist policies in the South China Sea.

Defense Industries in Asia and the Technonationalist Impulse

Defense Industries in Asia and the Technonationalist Impulse

Nation-states around the world have many reasons to produce armaments. Traditionally, the strongest motivation has been classically realist and security-oriented: the need to provide for a secure source of military materiel necessary to deter threats and to defend one’s national…

The Awakening Samurai: Interpreting Japan’s Security Policy Emancipation

The Awakening Samurai: Interpreting Japan’s Security Policy Emancipation

Some revolutions are neither observable at first sight nor are they of the same type. It is very easy to realize the importance of certain historical events such as the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 or the collapse…