Co-Authored by Michael J. Green, Kathleen H. Hicks, Zack Cooper, John Schaus, and Jake Douglas
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Japan Chair and International Security Program have released a report entitled, Countering Coercion in Maritime Asia: The Theory and Practice of Gray Zone Deterrence.In the past decade, tensions in Asia have risen as Beijing has become more assertive in maritime disputes with its neighbors and the United States. Although taking place below the threshold of direct military confrontation, China’s assertiveness frequently involves coercive elements that put at risk existing rules and norms; physical control of disputed waters and territory; and the credibility of U.S. security commitments. Regional leaders have expressed increasing alarm that such “gray zone” coercion threatens to destabilize the region by increasing the risk of conflict and undermining the rules-based order.Yet, the United States and its allies and partners have struggled to develop effective counters to China’s maritime coercion. This study reviews deterrence literature and nine case studies of coercion to develop recommendations for how the United States and its allies and partners could counter gray zone activity.Read the full report online: cs.is/2rUBljG
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