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REGIONAL RESPONSES TO U.S.-CHINA COMPETITION IN THE INDO-PACIFIC  By Derek Grossman

This report focuses on two questions: What is the current state of U.S. versus Chinese influence in Vietnam? And to what extent can the United States increase its influence relative to China’s in Vietnam? To answer these questions, the report leverages a framework developed by the RAND Corporation to examine the pressure points—diplomatic and political, economic, and security and military—that both Beijing and Washington have on Hanoi. The report then evaluates how Hanoi is ...Read more >

31 Pages
1.75 MB
POWERS, NORMS, AND INSTITUTIONS : THE FUTURE OF THE INDO-PACIFIC FROM A SOUTHEAST ASIA PERSPECTIVE  By e Center for Strategic and International Studies

In late 2019, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) conducted a survey of strategic elites in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to understand how the region is viewing trends in power, norms, and institutions. In early 2020, the research team conducted extensive analysis of the survey data and convened a workshop in Sydney, Australia, to further examine the results with leading experts from all of the Southeast Asian countries surveyed in this poll as well as from the ...Read more >

45 Pages
1.68 MB
DEF INING THE DIAMOND : THE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE OF THE QUADRILATERAL SECURITY DIALOGUE  By Patrick Gerard Buchan and Benjamin Rimland

Since its first senior official-level meeting in 2007, the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) among Japan, the United States, India, and Australia has operated both as a meeting format for senior officials to discuss regional security issues and as the basis for a single naval exercise and a single tabletop exercise. The four countries first formed a “core group” during the joint response to the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami. This cooperation provided the basis for the first ...Read more >

11 Pages
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AT A STRATEGIC CROSSORADS: ASEAN CENTRALITY AMID SINO-AMERICAN RIVALRY IN THE INDO-PACIFIC  By RICHARD JAVAD HEYDARIAN

China's rise over the past decade has represented both a rapid shift in the regional balance of power and a direct assault on the legitimacy of the U.S.-led liberal international order. China is not only introducing ambitious multilateral economic initiatives like the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), but is also expanding its military muscle through land reclamation and weaponization of artificial islands in the South China Sea. This is nothing short of an insidious assault on the ...Read more >

13 Pages
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THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND THE 'FREE AND OPEN INDO-PACIFIC'  By LINDSEY FORD

The Trump administration rolled out a new “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” concept in late 2017. Since this point, the administration’s new strategy has generated as many questions as it has answers. Despite dramatic shifts in many aspects of U.S. foreign policy after the 2016 election, there are notable areas of continuity between the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific concept and the Asia policies of previous administrations. The most obvious area of consistency is its stated aim: ...Read more >

15 Pages
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COMPETING WITH CHINA IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: THE ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE  By JONATHAN STROMSETH

As great power rivalry intensifies in Southeast Asia, China is increasingly achieving its strategic goals in the region through economic statecraft — illustrated most vividly in its signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) — and economic factors are playing a prominent role in shaping the choices of Southeast Asian leaders on policy issues that divide Washington and Beijing. Security concerns will continue to resonate within this decision-making calculus, of ...Read more >

8 Pages
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BATTLEGROUND SOUTHEAST ASIA: CHINA’S RISE AND AMERICA'S OPTIONS  By CHARLES DUNST

China is challenging the United States in Southeast Asia, bringing the region closer economically through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and enlisting governments in the region to back Beijing’s political stances. Some observers in the American and foreign press, citing China’s increased influence and the US’s diplomatic retrenchment under President Donald Trump, have declared the end of decades-long US predominance in Southeast ...Read more >

20 Pages
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INDO-PACIFIC STRATEGY REPORT  By THE DEPARMENT OF DEFENSE

The Indo-Pacific is the Department of Defense's priority theater. The United States is a Pacific nation we are linked to our Indo-Pacific neighbors through unbreakable bonds of shared history, culture, commerce, and values. We have an enduring commitment to uphold a free and open IndoPacific in which all nations, large and small, are secure in their sovereignty and able to ...Read more >

64 Pages
3.43 MB