'China’s Resource Drive into the South China Sea' - By CWP Alumni Andrew Erickson

Monday, Jun 5, 2017
by dsuchens

CHAPTER SUMMARY- China’s consistently high economic growth in the postreform era has been accompanied by burgeoning energy demands that make Beijing increasingly dependent on external energy sources. As a result, Beijing increasingly looks beyond its (land) borders for energy resources and must balance energy-related economic interests with geopolitical factors to an unprecedented degree.

CWP Alumni Fellow Manjari C. Miller receives tenure!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
by dsuchens

In an official announcement by the Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University today, CWP Alumni Fellow Manjari C. Miller received tenure. Dean Adil Najam said, "Please join me in congratulating our colleague Manjari Miller for her very well-deserved promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure. We wish her a career full of accolades and a life of achievement and purpose.... and, of course, a long and distinguished career carrying the Pardee flag high and proud!" 

South Korea Doesn’t Have a Clue What To Do About the North - CWP Alumni Patricia Kim

Monday, May 15, 2017
by dsuchens

Seoul needs to formulate a concrete strategy on its troublesome neighbor or risk being permanently sidelined. As the world held its breath watching the Asia-Pacific these past few weeks, parsing statements from Pyongyang, Washington, and Beijing, one voice was conspicuously missing from the fray — Seoul’s. One might be tempted to think that will now change.

Chinese Military Reforms in the Age of Xi Jinping: Drivers, Challenges, and Implications - CWP Alumni Joel Wuthnow

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
by dsuchens

Executive Summary China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has embarked on its most wide-ranging and ambitious restructuring since 1949, including major changes to most of its key organizations. ■ The general departments were disbanded, new Central Military Commission (CMC) departments created, and a new ground force headquarters established. ■ Seven military regions were restructured into five theater commands aligned against regional threats. Commanders will be able to develop joint force packages from army, navy, air force, and conventional missile units within their theaters.

HAINAN’S MARITIME MILITIA: ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR SOVEREIGNTY PT. 3 - CWP Alumni Andrew Erickson

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017
by dsuchens

Part I and II of this conclusion to our series on Hainan’s maritime militia discussed the Hainan Provincial Military District (MD) leadership’s approach to constructing maritime militia forces in response to national militia guidelines and how they address challenges during construction efforts.

How New and Assertive Is China’s New Assertiveness? - CWP Director Alastair Iain Johnston

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

In recent years, it has become increasingly common in US media, pundit, and academic circles to describe the diplomacy of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as newly or increasingly assertive.1 Some observers have even suggested that this new assertiveness refects a fundamental shift in Chinese diplomacy away from Beijing’s more status quo–oriented behavior of the previous thirty years.2 Many believe that it reºects a conscious decision by the top leadership in the wake of the 2008–09 ªnancial crisis to be much more proactive in challenging U.S.

The evolution of interstate security crisis-management theory and practice in China - CWP Director Alastair Iain Johnston

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

As the frequency and scope of China’s paramilitary and military presence activities in the East and South China Seas have increased in the last few years, officials and analysts inside and outside China have worried more and more about the potential for military crises erupting between China and other actors.

Identities, Rationality and Taiwan’s China Policy: The Dynamics of Cross-Strait Exchanges - CWP Alumni Chi-hung Wei & Christina Lai

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

Abstract: Identities have been viewed as determining Taiwan’s China policy, but this article argues that identities cannot explain Taipei’s China policy without reference to rationality. The article develops a theoretical framework that synthesises identities and rationality and examines Taipei’s cross-Strait exchange programs. We argue that whether Taipei imposes or relaxes bans on cross-Strait exchanges depends not only on its identities but also on its rational decisions in response to the status of cross-Strait relations.

Whither the Balancers? The Case for a Methodological Reset - CWP Alumni Adam Liff

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

Abstract: Post-Cold War, balancing theory has fallen on “hard times.” A question of crucial importance for 21st-century peace and stability concerns how Asia–Pacific secondary states are responding militarily to China's rise. China's rapid growth, military modernization, and controversial policies vis-à-vis contested space and territories on its periphery make it a prime candidate for counterbalancing behavior. Yet several recent studies claim that secondary states are accommodating, even bandwagoning with, Beijing.

From management crisis to crisis management? Japan’s post-2012 institutional reforms and Sino-Japanese crisis (In)stability - CWP Alumni Adam Liff & Andrew Erickson

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017
by dsuchens

Abstract: Since 2012, China’s assertion of its sovereignty claim to the contested Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands has significantly raised the risk of a potentially escalatory political-military crisis with Japan. As circumstances worsen, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has championed major institutional reforms aimed at centralizing Japanese security policy decision-making and vastly improving crisis management.

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