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Will China’s military rival the United States’ in the Pacific? Will Japan abandon the constitutional fetters on its own military? How will India respond to the String of Pearls strategy? The Diplomat has put together a team of leading analysts to offer must-read, regular commentary on the big defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

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How Much Do Strategic Thinkers Affect US Policy Anyway?
February 13, 2014

How Much Do Strategic Thinkers Affect US Policy Anyway?

By Robert Farley
Foreign policy sometimes reflects what strategic thinkers recommend, but that might be coincidence.
Marine Corps Chief: Not Sure About Asia Force Posture
February 12, 2014

Marine Corps Chief: Not Sure About Asia Force Posture

By Zachary Keck
The USMC’s top officer is uncertain about how much forward presence the U.S. needs in Asia.

India's Indigenous Nuclear Submarine, Agni-V ICBM Set To Launch In 2015
February 11, 2014

India's Indigenous Nuclear Submarine, Agni-V ICBM Set To Launch In 2015

By Ankit Panda
India's DRDO confirmed that its new SSBN and ICBMs are on schedule for 2015.

India and Indonesia To Conduct Bilateral Naval Exercises
February 08, 2014

India and Indonesia To Conduct Bilateral Naval Exercises

By Ankit Panda
India and Indonesia will upgrade their joint patrol activities to to bilateral exercises.

US Nixes Plan to Reduce Carrier Force
February 07, 2014

US Nixes Plan to Reduce Carrier Force

By Zachary Keck
Pressure from the White House and Congress has led the Pentagon to drop a plan to reduce the number of aircraft carriers.
Chinese Naval Exercise In Eastern Indian Ocean Sends Mixed Signals
February 07, 2014

Chinese Naval Exercise In Eastern Indian Ocean Sends Mixed Signals

By Ankit Panda
Chinese warships entered the eastern waters of the Indian Ocean for a rare exercise.

China’s Military Spending VS Asia’s Military Spending
February 06, 2014

China’s Military Spending VS Asia’s Military Spending

By Zachary Keck
In 2013 China continued to widen the gap between its military spending and that of its neighbors.
The US Doesn’t Have a Strategy (And That’s a Good Thing)
February 06, 2014

The US Doesn’t Have a Strategy (And That’s a Good Thing)

By Robert Farley
Deciding not to decide is a strategy that could suit the U.S. well.

Turbulence Ahead for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program?
February 06, 2014

Turbulence Ahead for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program?

By J. Michael Cole
The US Air Force's budget decisions have thrown a wrench in Taiwan's air force modernization program.

Destined to Cooperate: Japan-South Korea Naval Relations
February 05, 2014

Destined to Cooperate: Japan-South Korea Naval Relations

By Samuel Mun
It’s time for Japan and South Korea to put aside their differences and enhance naval cooperation.

Japanese Government Panel Likely To Recommend Lifting Collective Defense Ban
February 05, 2014

Japanese Government Panel Likely To Recommend Lifting Collective Defense Ban

By Ankit Panda
A Japanese government panel will recommend that Japan remove its ban on collective self-defense.
US Navy Explores Sub-Launched Hypersonic Missiles
February 04, 2014

US Navy Explores Sub-Launched Hypersonic Missiles

By Zachary Keck
The Navy is exploring the feasibility of sub-launched hypersonic missiles for conventional prompt global strike program.

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