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.


The April 2017 issue includes articles on nuclear alliances, Donald Trump, and security dilemmas between India and Pakistan. It also includes a debate on President Trump and a forum on African security.

Changes to the Editorial Board

Contemporary Security Policy has an active Editorial Board, which reflects its aims and scope and its worldwide audience. The membership of Editorial Board is updated on an annual basis to capture emerging research agendas and to give new colleagues the opportunity to contribute to the development of the journal.

Nuclear weapons, U.S. alliances, and Donald Trump

Donald Trump has repeatedly called into question the collective defence arrangements in NATO. He has also suggested that Asian allies go nuclear. What will be the impact of the Trump Presidency on U.S. nuclear alliances?

The 2017 Bernard Brodie Prize

Contemporary Security Policy awards the Bernard Brodie Prize annually to the author(s) of an outstanding article published in the journal the previous year. The award is named after Dr. Bernard Brodie (1918-1978), author of The Absolute Weapon (1946), Strategy in the Missile Age (1958) and War…

Donald Trump and Nuclear Cooperation: the Art of the Deal

The election of Donald Trump raises questions about nuclear cooperation with allies in Europe and Asia. Reducing the role and prominence of U.S. nuclear weapons in its alliances, however, would remove a major avenue for U.S. influence.

Why democracies may support other democracies – but not autocracies – against rebellions

Democratic peace theory has been extensively tested in cases of interstate war. It is important that we use these insights as well to better understand intervention in civil wars. Our research shows that it matters whether the regime fighting against rebels is a democracy or autocracy.

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.

Forum: The EU Global Strategy

High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the EU Global Strategy in June 2016. For Europe, it is difficult to think of something more important than collective action with the aim of weathering the storm. So what do we make of the Global Strategy? What does it tell us about the EU role in global affairs? And how will Brexit affect EU foreign and security policy?

Call for the 2018 Special Issue

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