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Andrew S. Erickson China's rapid development is reshaping the world in all dimensions. Chinese language open sources offer insights into these critical trends. While such materials are increasing constantly in number, diversity, and sophistication, only a fraction is available in English. The analyses available here, many based on sources not previously considered outside China, are designed to help bridge that gap--and thereby increase understanding of the most dynamic great power in the international system today.

15 January 2007

Combating a Truly Collective Threat: Sino-American Military Cooperation Against Avian Influenza

Andrew S. Erickson, “Combating a Truly Collective Threat: Sino-American Military Cooperation Against Avian Influenza,” Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm 1.1 (January 2007).
This essay seeks to increase awareness among Western scholars, analysts, and policy makers concerning both the potential danger posed by an outbreak of avian influenza, and Sino-American efforts […]

15 January 2007

Book Review: China’s Nuclear Future

Andrew S. Erickson, review of Paul J. Bolt and Albert S. Willner, eds., China’s Nuclear Future (Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2006), The China Journal 57 (January 2007): 241-43.
China’s Nuclear Future, edited by Paul J. Bolt and Albert S. Willner. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006. x + 221 pp. Aus$88.00/US$52.00 (hardcover).
This edited volume, with contributions from […]

29 December 2006

White Paper—China’s National Defense in 2006

China’s National Defense in 2006
Issued by the Information Office of the State Council
People’s Republic of China
December 29, 2006
Preface
I. The Security Environment
II. National Defense Policy
III. China’s Leadership and Administration System for National Defense
IV. The People’s Liberation Army
V. People’s Armed Police Force
VI. National Defense Mobilization and Reserve Force
VII. Border and Coastal Defense
VIII. Science, Technology and Industry for […]

01 December 2006

Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: China’s Response to U.S. Hegemony

Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein, “Hoping for the Best, Preparing for the Worst: China’s Response to U.S. Hegemony,” Journal of Strategic Studies 29.6 (December 2006): 955-86.
Keywords: Chinese military, US defense policy, hegemony, US-China relations

Required reading for the Naval War College Joint Military Operations Department’s Joint Land, Air, and Sea Simulation (JLASS) Fall Elective (FE) 535A.

In the post-Cold War […]

01 November 2006

A Place and a Base: Guam and the American Presence in East Asia

Andrew S. Erickson and Justin Mikolay, “A Place and a Base: Guam and the American Presence in East Asia,” in Carnes Lord, ed., Reposturing the Force: U.S. Overseas Presence in the Twenty-first Century, Naval War College Newport Paper 26 (2006), 65-93.
Rising threats to American national security in East Asia coincide with growing uncertainty concerning the future of […]

11 October 2006

How Should Asia Prepare for the Next Great Pandemic?

Andrew S. Erickson, “How Should Asia Prepare for the Next Great Pandemic?,” participated in panel discussion, Asia Society, New York, NY, 10 October 2006.
On October 10, 2006, the Asia Society and Pfizer, Inc. co-sponsored a panel discussion at the Asia Society headquarters in New York City: “How Should Asia Prepare for the Next Great Pandemic.” […]

01 October 2006

China’s Aircraft Carrier Dilemma

Andrew S. Erickson and Andrew R. Wilson, “China’s Aircraft Carrier Dilemma,” Naval War College Review 59.4 (Autumn 2006): 13-45.

This article won the Naval War College Foundation Capt. Hugh G. Nott Prize (first place) in 2006.
It was also selected as a “Must Read” by the Council on Foreign Relations (an “index of the best online analyses and […]

01 October 2006

Maritime Geostrategy and the Development of the Chinese Navy in the Early 21st Century

Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein, [Xu Qi], “21世纪初海上地缘战略与中国海军的发展” [Maritime Geostrategy and the Development of the Chinese Navy in the Early 21st Century], 中国军事科学 [China Military Science] (Vol. 17, No. 4) 2004, pp. 75-81, Naval War College Review 59.4 (Autumn 2006): 46-67.
This article, published in 2004 in China’s most prestigious military journal, China Military Science, merits […]

01 June 2006

Combating a Collective Threat: Protecting U.S. Forces and the Asia-Pacific from Pandemic Flu

Andrew S. Erickson, “Combating a Collective Threat: Protecting U.S. Forces and the Asia-Pacific from Pandemic Flu,” An Avian Flu Pandemic: What Will It Mean, and What Can We Do? (Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, June 2006), 11-20.
In light of the substantial global responsibilities of the U.S. armed forces, the U.S. military cannot afford to […]

01 March 2006

A Geotechnological Balancer: The Emerging China-EU Space Partnership

Joan Johnson-Freese and Andrew S. Erickson, “A Geotechnological Balancer: The Emerging China-EU Space Partnership,” Space Policy: An International Journal 22.1 (Spring 2006): 12-22.
Through a techno-nationalist lens, this paper will assess the growing China–European Union (EU) space partnership, and its implications for international space cooperation and competition. Techno-nationalism (jishu minzuzhuyi), the idea that technological strength is […]

01 October 2005

China’s Ballistic Missile Defense Countermeasures: Breaching America’s Great Wall in Space?

Andrew Erickson, “China’s Ballistic Missile Defense Countermeasures: Breaching America’s Great Wall in Space?,” in Lyle Goldstein and Andrew Erickson, China’s Nuclear Force Modernization, Naval War College Newport Paper No. 22, 2005, pp. 65-91.
A significant component of contemporary naval transformation involves adapting the force to meet the emerging ballistic missile defense challenge. With the advent of […]

01 October 2005

China’s Nuclear Force Modernization

Lyle J. Goldstein and Andrew S. Erickson, eds., China’s Nuclear Force Modernization, Naval War College Newport Paper 22 (2005).

Author of “China’s Ballistic Missile Defense Countermeasures: Breaching America’s Great Wall in Space?” 65-91.

p. 96
The last chapter, written by Andrew Erickson, represents an attempt to fathom PRC responses to the U.S. deployment of ballistic missile defenses. Erickson […]

05 April 2005

‘Gate Crashing’: China’s Submarine Force Tests New Waters

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and William S. Murray, “‘Gate Crashing’: China’s Submarine Force Tests New Waters,” Chinese Military Update 2.7 (April 2005): 1-4.
In November 2004, the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Forces (JMSDF) detected and aggressively tracked a submerged Chinese Han-class nuclear submarine that allegedly entered Japan’s territorial waters. This article discusses the incident, and […]

01 April 2005

Anchoring America’s Asian Assets: Why Washington Must Strengthen Guam

Andrew S. Erickson and Justin D. Mikolay, “Anchoring America’s Asian Assets: Why Washington Must Strengthen Guam,” Comparative Strategy 24.2 (April-June 2005): 153-71.
Rising threats to American national security in East Asia coincide with declining local support for U.S. basing access there. Yet no alternative access points are currently available. To prevent this contradiction from harming U.S. interests […]