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Ahmed, Faiz. Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Brooks, Max, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates, eds. Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018.

Celeski, Joseph D. Special Air Warfare and the Secret War in Laos: Air Commandos, 1964-1975. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 2019.

Chang, Paul Y. Protest Dialectics: State Repression and South Korea’s Democracy Movement, 1970-1979. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015.

Chowdhury, Nusrat Sabina. Paradoxes of the Popular: Crowd Politics in Bangladesh. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Ci, Jiwei. Democracy in China: The Coming Crisis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019.

Doron, Assa, and Robin Jeffrey. Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Dye, Peter. The Man Who Took the Rap: Sir Robert Brooke-Popham and the Fall of Singapore. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

Elrod, Roy H. We Were Going to Win, or Die There: With the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan. Edited by Fred H Allison. Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2017.

Fey, Peter. Bloody Sixteen: The USS Oriskany and Air Wing 16 during the Vietnam War. Lincoln, NE: Potomac Books, 2018.

Frampton, Martyn. The Muslim Brotherhood and the West. A History of Enmity and Engagement. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2018.

Glenn, Tom. Last of the Annamese: A Novel. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2017.

Groh, Tyrone L. Proxy War: The Least Bad Option. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Jalal, Ayesha. The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics. Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 2014.

Lenoir, Timothy, and Luke Caldwell. The Military-Entertainment Complex. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018.

Madsen, Grant. Sovereign Soldiers How the U.S. Military Transformed the Global Economy after World War II. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

McHugo, John. A Concise History of Sunnis & Shi’is. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2017.

Merlan, Francesca. Dynamics of Difference in Australia: Indigenous Past and Present in a Settler Country. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Moore, Stephen L. Uncommon Valor: The Recon Company That Earned Five Medals of Honor and Included America’s Most Decorated Green Beret. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

Ransmeier, Johanna S. Sold People Traffickers and Family Life in North China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017.

Rizvi, Mubbashir A. The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019.

Shahrani M. Nazif, ed. Modern Afghanistan: The Impact of 40 Years of War. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2018.

Singh, Naunihal. Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Swope, Kenneth M. On the Trail of the Yellow Tiger: War, Trauma, and Social Dislocation in Southwest China during the Ming-Qing Transition. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2018.

Trauschweizer, Ingo. Maxwell Taylor's Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2019.

Wright, Nicholas D., ed. Artificial Intelligence, China, Russia, and the Global Order. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University Press, 2019. 

Xu, Yan. The Soldier Image and State-building in Modern China, 1924-1945. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2019.

Yablonka, Marc Phillip. Vietnam Bao Chi: Warriors of Word and Film. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2018.

Younger, Stephen M. Silver State Dreadnought: The Remarkable Story of Battleship Nevada. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2018.

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Volume 03 Issue 03 - Fall 2020

Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Air University Press --
 

Features

Blue Dot Network logo
Blue Dot Network logo
Blue Dot Network logo
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200717-F-YT915-002

India, the Blue Dot Network, and the “Quad Plus” Calculus
Dr. Jagannath P. Panda

This article argues that India’s prospective inclusion in the Blue Dot Network is a geostrategic necessity that can pave the way for alternative global supply chain networks and quality infrastructure promotion in Asia and beyond as well as allow New Delhi to enhance its long-desired objective of forming a "continental connect" through a "Quad Plus" network.

A map of the disputed Northern Territories
All Quiet on the Eastern Front?
A map of the disputed Northern Territories
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-001

All Quiet on the Eastern Front?
Dr. David Sacko & Capt Micah Winkley, USAF

Through a two-level game analysis of Japan and Russia's territorial dispute, this article argues that while the elite circumstances have never been better to resolve this dispute, popular forces remain significantly divisive, such that the status quo over the Northern Territories will remain in place.

Balochi insurgents carry their weapons of the region's rugged terrain
Repression and Revolt in Balochistan
Balochi insurgents carry their weapons of the region's rugged terrain
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-005
Repression and Revolt in Balochistan
Zeus Hans Mendez

This this article highlights the fact that even though the fight for Balochistan is one of international significance, most observers have ignored the situation, leaving the Baloch in a drawn-out insurgency with no support and an increased feeling of uncertainty. In this context, many have termed the Baloch freedom movement as dying or dead. Nevertheless, recent instances have shown that the tensions in the region are still relatively on the rise. This article highlights and contextualizes such events and happenings in a gradually deteriorating environment.

Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs leadership speak with South Korean leadership at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 12, 2020. South Korea donated protective masks to the VA in support of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
ROK honors Korean War vets, sends protective masks to JBA
Air Force and Department of Veterans Affairs leadership speak with South Korean leadership at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 12, 2020. South Korea donated protective masks to the VA in support of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum)
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Spencer Slocum
VIRIN: 200901-F-YT915-003
The United States and South Korea in the Indo-Pacific after COVID-19
Kyle Ferrier

To illustrate why South Korea should be crucial in US Indo-Pacific policy after the pandemic, this article first outlines the limitations to Seoul’s participation under the current US approach and how South Korea’s contributions toward the same goals as the United States are currently undervalued. It then outlines why the needed changes to the US regional approach after the coronavirus will be most effectively pursued by greater cooperation with South Korea—or at the very least better recognizing Seoul’s positive role in the region.
Confronting China’s Maritime Expansion in the South China Sea
Confronting China’s Maritime Expansion in the South China Sea
Confronting China’s Maritime Expansion in the South China Sea
Photo By: Burkitt, Janet, CTR, DIMOC JCCC
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-010
Confronting China’s Maritime Expansion in the South China Sea
Dr. Stephen Burgess

This article argues that a collective action problem impedes the United States and its allies and partners from effectively confronting China in the South China Sea. The problem is that the United States, as a great power, can provide appropriate security goods for Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia to block creeping maritime encroachment by China.

Views

Bagged fresh whole blood
Fresh Whole Blood for the Near-Peer and Immature Theater Conflict
Bagged fresh whole blood
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-003

Fresh Whole Blood for the Near-Peer and Immature Theater Conflict
Lt Col Alex P. Keller IV, MD, USAF; Maj Ryan G. Garrison, DHA, USAF; & Col James E. Powell, USAF, retired

The concept of operations for blood supply to US forces is urgently needed in the event of a transition to hostilities in Korea. This article provides a framework to enable readily available fresh whole blood to bridge the critical time gap between the first shot being fired and plausible execution of current medical supply plans that rely on functional air and sea supply chains.

India’s Deterrence Goldilocks Dilemma in South Asia
India’s Deterrence Goldilocks Dilemma in South Asia
India’s Deterrence Goldilocks Dilemma in South Asia
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-011
India’s Deterrence Goldilocks Dilemma in South Asia
Geoffrey Brown

This article presents the unique Goldilocks dilemma that balancing China and Pakistan presents to India and examines how closer Indo–American collaboration is the best path to prevent rapid instability and possible nuclear war in the region. The article examines why a closer future US–Indian partnership is needed to finesse India out of its Goldilocks dilemma.

 
Foreign officers graduating from Japan's National Defense Academy
Untapped Potential between India and Japan in the Indo-Pacific
Foreign officers graduating from Japan's National Defense Academy
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-006
Untapped Potential between India and Japan in the Indo-Pacific
Vindu Mai Chotani and Dr. Shutaro Sano

This article argues that there is a need for dialogue regarding the development of more profound international military education programs, particularly cadet-level trainings and exchanges, and also a need for the implementation of potential collaborative exchanges, programs/courses, scholarships, and conferences between Indian and Japanese cadets.
 
PLAAF cadets graduating
Building the Next Generation of Chinese Military Leaders
PLAAF cadets graduating
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-002
Building the Next Generation of Chinese Military Leaders
Roderick Lee

How does the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) People’s Liberation Army (PLA) treat senior military leadership development? This article answers this question by looking at what the PLA views as a good leader, how it develops such leaders, and when the new generation of PLA leaders will emerge.

 

Commentary

A map depicting the Indian Ocean Region, stretching from Australia to the east coast of Africa and from the underbelly of Asia to the shores of Antarctica.
India’s Indian Ocean Region Strategy
A map depicting the Indian Ocean Region, stretching from Australia to the east coast of Africa and from the underbelly of Asia to the shores of Antarctica.
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-007

India’s Indian Ocean Region Strategy
Priyanjoli Ghosh

The rise of China across the maritime region has compelled nations (including India) to reshape their maritime strategies. This commentary aims at looking at the geostrategic importance of the Indian Ocean Region for India, China’s presence in the region, and counterbalance strategies.

Cadet Perspective

A Chinese fighter lands on an aircraft carrier
Avoiding Thucydides’ Trap in the Western Pacific through the Air Domain
A Chinese fighter lands on an aircraft carrier
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200831-F-YT915-004
Avoiding Thucydides’ Trap in the Western Pacific through the Air Domain
Cadet Grant T. Willis

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has arguably exercised the most powerful global military imbalance the world has ever seen. This domination; however, is perceived to be fading in the wake of a new possible contender. The tension and likelihood of conflict between the United States and the People’s Republic of China has risen in recent decades. The inevitability of conflict has taken root in many academic and strategic forums. The term “Thucydides’ Trap” has echoed in many discussions among leading strategic, military, intelligence, and political science analysts.

 

Book Reviews

Book Cover: The China-India Rivalry
Book Cover: The China-India Rivalry
Book Cover: The China-India Rivalry
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200901-F-YT915-002

Book Review: India and Nuclear Asia
Book Review: India and Nuclear Asia
Book Review: India and Nuclear Asia
Photo By: Dr. Ernest Rockwell
VIRIN: 200901-F-YT915-001

 

India and Nuclear Asia: Forces, Doctrine, and Dangers
by Yogesh Joshi and Frank O’Donnell
The China India Rivalry in the Globalization Era
ed. T.V. Paul
Reviewed by Chris Giuliano


 
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