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": http://foreignpolicy.com/2011/10/11/americas-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Historical documents: American foreign policy in China
Historical documents: The "Open Door" Note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