Mira Rapp-Hooper

Mira Rapp-Hooper is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the forthcoming books Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances and An Open World: How America Can Win the Contest for Twenty-First-Century Order.

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Exercising Maritime Asia

The latest installation of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative covers the annual military exercises that take place in East Asia each winter and spring. If you’re interested in the details of these exercises (participating countries, troops, services, exercise specifics), you can use our interactive maps to find out more. But our expert analysis points to the fact that the role of military exercises in East Asia is changing. Combined military exercises can serve several purposes.

South China Sea

Is China Reclaiming the Law of the Sea?

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative has released a special issue on land reclamation and development activities in the South China Sea. As part of its ongoing effort to promote transparency in maritime Asia, AMTI obtained exclusive, never-before-published, imagery of China’s recent building efforts in the Spratly Islands. The collection of exclusive photographs includes coverage of developments on Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, Johnson South Reef, Cuarteron Reef, Hughes Reef, and Gaven Reef, all located in the Spratlys.


What's in a Confidence Building Measure?

The latest installation of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative focuses on confidence-building measures, or CBMs.

Pioneered in the Cold War, CBMs are programs, activities, or agreements that aim to strengthen ties between two potentially-adversarial militaries. In so doing, CBMs aim to defuse tensions and the risk of destabilizing misperceptions between the states that sign them.


UNCLOS on Trial in the South China Sea

The latest installation of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative covers several recent developments in the region, including China and Japan’s progress towards an East China Sea crisis mechanism, Japan’s new record defense budget, and Taiwan’s decision to delay development work on Itu Aba island, following the revelation that a Chinese vessel was involved in the construction.


U.S. Policy Opportunities in Maritime Asia in 2015

The latest installation of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative covers several new security developments in the region, including Taiwan’s decision to design indigenous submarines, a long-sought intelligence sharing pact between the United States, South Korea, and Japan, and the fact that China appears to be changing its rhetoric on the enforcement of its East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

South China Sea

Transparency in Troubled Seas

One month ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies launched a new web-based program, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. The premise of this project will be familiar to many of you: maritime competition in Asia has been steadily increasing in recent years, and doing so in an environment of informational opacity. Maritime geography makes it difficult to monitor events at sea as they occur, and when it comes to disputed territories and competing maritime claims there are numerous actors, each with its own national narrative.