In this Asia Report, we present analysis offered at the launch of RPI’s new book on Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes with commentary by several of the authors on South Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan. The book questions the extent to which we can infer nuclear thinking simply from external conditions and instead considers policy thinking on nuclear power and proliferation in Asia to be more complex and variegated than often posited.
The Rising Powers Initiative is pleased to offer the RPI Research Database, an edited bibliography of books and articles on targeted subjects. Each entry contains an abstract or summary along with further information on how to access the resource. The database is compiled by our research staff and is frequently updated with articles and books from 1990 onwards.
In this Maritime Affairs article, Deepa Ollapally, Director of the Rising Powers Initiative, explores India’s efforts to formulate a maritime strategy that ideally meets Indian economic and strategic objectives. This push is generating major policy dilemmas for India stemming from the attraction of economic integration led by China on the one hand, versus the attraction of strategic integration offered by the United States on the other hand.
India and the United States have ratcheted up their bilateral military relations, a move that is seen as a game changer for India’s foreign policy and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has found the United States a willing partner to support India’s military modernization. In this Policy Brief, Dr. Vijay Sakhuja explains how for a variety of reasons, the momentum in bilateral relations is gaining despite lingering doubts.
The latest RPI book on Nuclear Debates in Asia is now available. This important book analyzes nuclear weapon and energy policies in Asia, a region at risk for high-stakes military competition, conflict, and terrorism. The contributors explore the trajectory of debates over nuclear energy, security, and nonproliferation in key countries—China, India, Japan, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and ASEAN.
After the July 12 ruling by a UN arbitration panel granted a victory to the Philippines in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the new leadership in Manila has been trying to strike a new “balance” first, between domestic and international interests, and second, between the United States and China. This Policy Brief explores this topic in the context of energy and maritime strategy debates in the country.
On December 9, the South Korean National Assembly voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye following a scandal that drove millions to protest throughout the country. While Park offered to step down or shorten her term …Read More »
On November 25, Fidel Castro, the long-serving revolutionary leader of Cuba, passed away at the age of 90. After assuming power in 1959, Castro’s efforts to transform the Republic of Cuba into a communist country …Read More »
Dr. Deepa Ollapally, director of the Rising Powers Initiative and a research professor of international affairs at GWU, was quoted by the magazine India Abroad on how the U.S. election result will impact India:
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Professor Bruce Dickson tells us why the U.S.-China relationship will be an important one for the next U.S. president.