Is It Really All About China? Japan’s Strategic Calculus and the Future of the U.S.-Japan Alliance

No country has felt the impact of China’s rise more keenly than Japan. In my recent book, Intimate Rivals:  Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China, I explore the complex ways in which China’s growing influence is affecting Japan’s domestic debate about its foreign policy goals and its own ability to compete in regional affairs. Yet there is a more pressing question.

China's Maritime Strategy and the South China Sea

ABSTRACT: This presentation will survey the range of perspectives among China's leading thinkers about the trajectory of Chinese sea power development and the relationship between sea power and the nation's security strategy. The presentation will relate China's security strategy to developments in the South China Sea--including the island-building campaign and the Philippines' arbitration case--and consider potential future developments in China's near seas and in the Indian Ocean.


The Problem of Asia: America’s Search for Strategy in the Pacific from 1784 to the Rise of China

In this talk Professor Michael J. Green will preview his forthcoming book on the history of American statecraft in Asia and explain how those lessons apply as mastery of the Western Pacific is again being contested. While many accounts of American policy in Asia begin with the end of the Second World War or perhaps the Spanish American War, in fact the core concepts of American engagement across the Pacific were established by the first Americans to travel to the Far East in the year after the Revolutionary War ended.

The “Liberal” International Order: Any room for an illiberal rising power like China?

Starting with a conceptual analysis of order, I go on to critically examine the notion of international order and “liberal” international order. I argue that some of the underpinning principles of “liberal” international order are foundationally different from the underpinning principles of liberal (domestic) order.

China’s Security Concerns: The Enduring Link between External and Internal Challenges

Avery Goldstein is David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations, Director of Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Goldstein’s research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics.

The Invention of the Liberal Peace: “Engagers” and U.S.-China Trade

According to a liberal peace thesis, China may become prosperous and democratic at home as well as peaceful abroad if the United States integrates China into world trade. The thesis, however, is ahistorical because only after the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown was trade understood in salvationist terms. In the 1980s, trade was merely understood as serving the geopolitical purpose of strengthening the U.S.-China alignment against Moscow. During the early post-Mao reform, prosperity and democracy were viewed as growing from within.

Rhetorical Traps: China's foreign policy in the South China Sea

Christina Lai, CWP Postdoctoral Fellow

China’s economy and its military capabilities have grown significantly in the last three decades, yet up until 2010 China’s neighbors did not form a counterbalancing coalition against China or significantly increase their military spending. Most studies offer traditional balance of power explanations for this outcome, such as free-riding on U.S. efforts, but this neglects the role Chinese leaders’ rhetoric has played in legitimating China’s rise.


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