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April 2011
Why India Is Becoming Warier of China
by Shashank Joshi
“Beijing’s recent behavior has strengthened hard-liners in India by legitimating the assumptions on which their worldview is built.”

February 2011
The New Mercantilism: China’s Emerging Role in the Americas
by Eric Farnsworth
“Beijing offers to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to forge a path independent of the United States and liberal economic orthodoxy.”

November 2009
Pax Americana and the Rising Powers
by Rajan Menon
“While unipolar triumphalists deny historic changes are under way, multipolar pessimists exaggerate the pace of these changes and are cocksure about what lies ahead.”

April 2009
A Country on the Move: China Urbanizes
by Kate Merkel-Hess and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
“China’s government has managed rural-to-urban migration through heavy-handed policies that have guarded the prosperity of the cities at the expense of rural areas. . . .”

November 2008
Perspective: A New Strategy on Myanmar
International indignation and efforts to isolate the brutal junta have not helped the very people whom outsiders want to aid—Myanmar's long-suffering citizens.

May 2008
America's Place in the Asian Century
by Kishore Mahbubani
"The moment has come for fresh US policy on East Asia. This should be priority number one or the next president.

November 2007
China Needs Help with Climate Change
by Kelly Sims Gallagher
"As a developing country, China still lacks many of the institutions, policies, and enforcement mechanisms that are needed to foster technology transfer and environmental protection."

October 2007
Russia and China: The Ambivalent Embrace
by Andrew Kuchins
"Despite deep-seated wariness toward China on the part of the Russian leadership and people, ties with Beijing have significantly advanced under the leadership of both Yeltsin and Putin."

November 2006
The Lessons of North Korea’s Test
"Countries that seek nuclear weapons are insecure. Trying to isolate or coerce them can easily backfire."

November 2006
What If a Nuclear-Armed State Collapses?
"The nuclear danger posed by the potential for state failure in a North Korea or a Pakistan is one of the most menacing facing the international environment."

April 2006
India and the Asian Security Architecture
"By building robust political and economic links with both China and the United States, India could end up playing an important catalytic role in bringing both countries together in a new cooperative Asia."

April 2006
Asia’s Challenged Giants
"China and India are already major players in the global economy. However, their impact in coming decades on the world's economic and strategic landscape will depend . . . on how each deals with its structural and economic challenges."

October 2005
The Great Powers in Central Asia
"The United States, Russia, and China have spent the past few years jockeying for position in the region. . . . [But] the challenges facing Central Asian states remain largely unchanged, and governments there have received few new tools to address them."

April 2005
Nuclear Asia's Challenges
by Dinshaw Mistry
The middle-term challenges of averting a nuclear arms race in Asia are closely linked to the more immediate concern of reversing proliferation in North Korea.

March 2005
Indonesia after the Tsunami
by Sumit Ganguly
"Can the Bush administration successfully set aside its differences with India and build on the emerging commonalities of interest?"

September 2004
The Latin Americanization of China?
by George J. Gilboy and Eric Heginbotham
Land reforms aimed at raising rural incomes and promoting urbanization could accelerate the crisis already building in China's cities. If urban legal and social reforms fail to keep pace, China could face intensifying conflict between a burgeoning class of have-nots and an entitled minority, a consolidated alliance between political leaders and business and social elites, and a host of other social and political ills familiar to many Latin American states.

December 2003
China's Dubious Role in the War on Terror
by Joshua Kurlantzick
"Although China has made some attempts to help the United States combat terrorist groups, its contributions have been limited and overpraised, and it has manipulated the war on terror for its own means."

September 2003
"Houston, We Have a Problem": China and the Race to Space
by Joan Johnson-Freese
"If the United States continues to exploit the obvious military advantages of space and China feels compelled to respond, a space race seems inevitable. It is inevitable because both countries recognize that space can provide advantages, or at least avoid disadvantages, regarding the other. Space may inevitably make China the third man in the fourth battlefield."

December 2002
Tilting at Dominos: America and Al Qaeda in Southeast Asia
by Joshua Kurlantzick
"American officials have turned their attention toward Southeast Asian policymaking-something largely ignored since the end of the Vietnam War-and have declared Southeast Asia the 'second front' in the global campaign against terror. . . . [But] backing Southeast Asia's often brutal and compromised militaries, which themselves contain elements linked to Islamist radicals, will only boost human rights abuses, breeding popular resentment and setting the stage for more terror."

December 2002
Same War, Different Views: Germany, Japan, and the War on Terrorism
by Peter J. Katzenstein
"The tendency of the Bush administration to frame terrorism as a threat posed equally by evil states and nonstate groups is . . . distinctive. It is easy to lose sight of how atypical, even among liberal democracies, are the American view of international life in Manichaean terms and the American emphasis on the military dimension of society. Germany's and Japan's very different approaches to counterterrorism are useful reminders of American exceptionalism."

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