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Resisting China’s Gray Zone Military Pressure on Taiwan
The People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) has sharply escalated its pressure campaign targeting the Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) in recent years. Beijing appears like...
By Jacob Stokes
Strengthening the Shield
In December 2022, Japan’s government released three major strategic documents: the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy, and the Defense Buildup Program. ...
By Jacob Stokes, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph I. Grimm & Rebecca Wittner
U.S.-China Competition and Military AI
Two tectonic trends in the international security environment appear to be on a collision course. The first trend is the intensifying geopolitical rivalry between the United S...
By Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan & Noah Greene
Instead of Politicizing Afghanistan, Stand Up for Women and Girls
A human rights calamity is unfolding in Afghanistan. In its latest move to repress half of the country’s population, the Taliban mandated that Afghan women can no longer work ...
By Lisa Curtis
Russia-China Defense Cooperation
Russia’s war in Ukraine has been a critical test of the depth of Sino-Russian relations. Since Russia’s invasion, China has remained an essential partner for Moscow. Although ...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Nicholas Lokker
India-China Border Tensions and U.S. Strategy in the Indo-Pacific
India-China border intrusions and clashes have become more frequent and threaten to lead to all-out conflict between the two Asian giants. In recent years, China has upped the...
By Lisa Curtis & Derek Grossman
Peninsula Plus: Enhancing U.S.–South Korea Alliance Cooperation on China, Multilateralism, and Military and Security Technologies
The United States–Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) alliance has entered a critical phase. In 2023, the two countries will commemorate the 70th anniversary of signing the...
By Jacob Stokes & Joshua Fitt
Against All Odds
Eighteen months after taking power, the Taliban is intensifying its repression of Afghan civil society and cracking down on the rights and freedoms of all Afghans, especially ...
By Lisa Curtis, Annie Pforzheimer & Jan Mohammad Jahid
Atomic Strait: How China’s Nuclear Buildup Shapes Security Dynamics with Taiwan and the United States
This report examines the intersection of China’s nuclear modernization and cross-Strait tensions, especially how they might play out during a crisis, contingency, or conflict ...
By Jacob Stokes
China launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—originally called “One Belt, One Road”—nine years ago, pledging to use its vast financial resources and construction capacity...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Lisa Curtis, Jacob Stokes, Carisa Nietsche, Joshua Fitt & Nicholas Lokker
Operationalizing the Quad
The Quad—made up of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States—is becoming the principal multilateral group shaping the geo-economic and technological future and the strat...
By Lisa Curtis, Jacob Stokes, Joshua Fitt & CDR Andrew J. Adams
Revitalizing the U.S.-Philippines Alliance to Address Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific
As competition with China intensifies across the Indo-Pacific, the United States is looking increasingly to its wide network of alliances and partnerships to confront the chal...
By CNAS U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt & Zachary Durkee
Global Island: Sustaining Taiwan’s International Participation Amid Mounting Pressure from China
China under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping has ramped up political, economic, and military pressure on Taiwan. The roots of Beijing’s pressure camp...
By Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan & Zachary Durkee
Digital Allies: Deepening U.S.–South Korea Cooperation on Technology and Innovation
Rapid advances in digital and other emerging technologies have become a defining feature of international geopolitics and geoeconomics in the 21st century. This report explore...
By Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan & Joshua Fitt
Building a Flywheel
Executive Summary As the United States seeks to maintain a level of stability in its increasingly competitive relationship with China, North Korea has the potential to complic...
By Dr. John Park
Dealing with a Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan
Nearly 20 years after U.S. forces overturned Taliban rule in Afghanistan, the fundamentalist Islamist movement is back in power. This follows the U.S. troop withdrawal in summ...
By Lisa Curtis
The Future of the Digital Order
Nations that successfully harness the vast economic, political, and societal power of emerging information and communications technologies will shape the future of the global ...
By Jeff Cirillo, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt, Kara Frederick, Coby Goldberg, Ilan Goldenberg, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Megan Lamberth, Martijn Rasser & Dania Torres
Tangled Threats: Integrating U.S. Strategies toward China and North Korea
China and North Korea pose intertwined challenges for U.S. and allied policy. The Korean Peninsula constitutes just one area among many in U.S.-China relations. Meanwhile, iss...
By Jacob Stokes
Advancing a Liberal Digital Order in the Indo-Pacific
The United States and other regional democracies risk losing ground in the competition to shape Asia’s digital future. China is making rapid inroads in developing the region’s...
By Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt & Jacob Stokes
Positive Visions, Powerful Partnerships
Restoring U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific is critical to competing effectively against China....
By Stephen Tankel, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt & Coby Goldberg