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 The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

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Advanced Strategy Program

Strategy in the Asia-Pacific Region

May 8 - May 19, 2017


* To be provided on the first day of class.

Monday, May 8

The Setting: The United States in Asia

Thomas G. Mahnken, et al., Asia in the Balance (AEI, 2012), 1-22.


* Michael R. Auslin, “The U.S. Alliance Structure in Asia” in Thomas G. Mahnken and Dan Blumenthal, eds., Strategy in Asia: The Past, Present, and Future of Regional Security (Stanford University Press, 2014), 73-91. 


Kent E. Calder, “Securing security through prosperity: the San Francisco System in comparative perspective,” The Pacific Review, 17.1 (2004), 135-157.  


Victor D. Cha, "Powerplay," International Security 34.3 (2009), 158-196.

Hillary Clinton, "America's Pacific Century":

Historical documents: American foreign policy in China

Historical documents: The "Open Door" Note



Tuesday, May 9

The Setting: Asia’s Strategic Landscape


Richard Jackson and Neil Howe, The Graying of the Great Powers (CSIS, 2008) 5-28.


Michael Pettis, Avoiding the Fall: China’s Economic Restructuring (CEIP, 2013), 1-20.


* Bradford A. Lee, “The Economic Context of Strategic Competition” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 185-205.


* Roy Kamphausen, “Asia as a Warfighting Environment” and Toshi Yoshihara, “China’s Maritime Geography” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 11-25, 43-60.



Wednesday, May 10

The Actors: Asia’s Great Powers


David M. Lampton, “How China is Ruled,” Foreign Affairs (January/February 2014).


* Andrew R. Wilson, “The Chinese Way of War” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 108-129.


* James R. Holmes, “Mahan and the South China Sea” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 61-72.


Annual Report to Congress: Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2016, Office of the Secretary of Defense, April 2016.


China’s Military Strategy (Beijing: Ministry of National Defense, 2015)


Andrew Oros, Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press, 2017), 66-95.



Thursday, May 11

The Actors: Regional Dynamics


Testuo Kotani, “U.S.-Japan Allied Maritime Strategy,” in Michael J. Green and Zack Cooper, eds. Strategic Japan: New Approaches to Foreign Policy and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015), 35-59.


Walter Ladwig, “Indian Military Modernization and Conventional Deterrence in South Asia,” Journal of Strategic Studies, 38.5 (2015), 729-772.


* Timothy D. Hoyt, “The Indian Way of War” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 147-169.


Marvin C. Ott and Julia Allen, “The Rebalance to Southeast Asia,” FRPI E-Note (April 2015), 1-5.


Clive Schofield, “A Landmark Decision in the South China Sea: The Scope and Implications of the Arbitral Tribunal’s Award,” Contemporary Southeast Asia, 38.3 (2016), 339-348.



Friday, May 12


Andrew Marshall, Long-Term Competition with the Soviets: A Framework for Analysis, (RAND, 1972), 1-29.


Andrew Krepinevich, Maritime Competition in a Mature Precision-Strike Regime, (CSBA, 2014), 21-62.


* Thomas G. Mahnken, “Arms Races and Long Term Competition” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 225-264.



Evan Braden Montgomery, “Contested Primacy in the Western Pacific: China’s Rise and the Future of U.S. Power Projection,” International Security, 38.4 (2014), 115-149.


Monday, May 15


* Richard Bitzinger, “Military Modernization in Asia” in Mahnken and Blumenthal, Strategy in Asia, 185-204.


Shawn Brimley, Ben FitzGerald, and Kelley Sayler, “Game Changers: Disruptive Technology and U.S. Defense Strategy,” Disruptive Defense Papers, Center for a New American Security, September 2013.


Robert Martinage, Toward a New Offset Strategy (CSBA, 2014), 5-47.

Tuesday, May 16

Instruments of Strategy


Robert D. Blackwill and Jeniffer M. Harris, War by Other Means: Geoeconomics and Statecraft (CFR, 2015), 19-32, 93-128.


Edward N. Luttwak, The Rise of China vs. The Logic of Strategy (Harvard University Press, 2012), 213-247.


William J. Norris, Chinese Economic Statecraft (Texas A&M, 2016), 44-65.


Wednesday, May 17

Instruments of Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis, Balancing Without Containment (CEIP, 2014), 1-25.


Hal Brands, What Good is Grand Strategy? (Cornell University Press, 2014), 1-16.


Michael Howard, “The Forgotten Dimensions of Strategy,” Foreign Affairs, 57.5 (1979), 975-986.


Williamson Murray and Mark Grimsley, "Introduction: On Strategy," in Williamson Murray, MacGregor Knox, and Alvin Bernstein, eds. The Making of Strategy: Rulers, States, and War, (Cambridge University Press, 1994), 1-23.

Thursday, May 18



"Here Be Dragons: Is China a Military Threat?" Aaron L. Friedberg and Robert S. Ross. The National Interest, September/October 2009. Pages 19-34.

"America's Allies Are in Decline. Here's How the US Should Adjust" by Hal Brands. DefenseOne. 5 May 2017.

Brief: "Long-Term Competition Wargame" by Aaron Friedberg


Friday, May 19



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