Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs Articles

  • The Potential of a Unified Korean Armed Forces: A Cultural Interpretation

    This article examines the prospect of Korean Unification and the possibility of a future unified Korean Armed Forces through the lens of culture. It begins by making arguments for the prospects of Korean unification from four perspectives that largely center on culture: national identities, national

  • Russia’s Reimagined Arctic in the Age of Geopolitical Competition

    The melting Arctic serves as a precursor for a renewed geopolitical contest among the great powers. Russian policy posture of developing Yamal LNG and opening of the Northern Sea Route (NSR) as a global shipping artery sets the course for Russia on the Arctic’s chessboard. Similarly, the

  • Indo-Pacific Perspectives (December 2021)

    In this Indo-Pacific Perspectives roundtable, five expert contributors from across the region analyze an overlooked dimension of this larger puzzle: the place of the Persian Gulf in the emerging Indo-Pacific order. This is an unconventional way to think about the Indo-Pacific as a contested

  • Emerging Myths About the Afghanistan War

    Perhaps the toughest part of the post–Afghanistan War era will be an honest accounting of its implications. Two narratives are fast-emerging about the American pullout and the collapse of the Islamic Republic—yet after a cursory examination these narratives are closer to myth than

  • Myanmar Probably Needs a Military . . . Just Not the One It Has

    Taking the position that the Tatmadaw is an essential institution ignores two fundamental realities: its own record of fostering conflict and division, mismanaging and subordinating the country’s interests to its own obsession with power; and the near unanimity with which the Myanmar

  • The Next War to End All Wars

    As in pre–World War I (WWI) politics, the SCS is ripe for conflict, and de-spite all DIME efforts, the United States faces an impossible battle in securing peace because of fierce geographic, historical, and nationalistic roadblocks. Due to their resources and natural boundaries, the physical


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