A Poverty of Riches

New Challenges and Opportunities in PLA Research

Edited by James C. Mulvenon, Andrew N. D. Yang


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This volume contains papers from a conference jointly sponsored by the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy (CAPP) and the Taiwan-based Chinese Council of Advanced Policy Studies (CAPS), The conference, held in Washington, D.C., on June 22-24, 2001. brought together many of the world’s top experts to evaluate new methodologies and trends in research on the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The resulting volume represents the latest and most cutting-edge work in the field, especially with regard to Internet- and primary source-based inquiries on PLA affairs. Topics covered include professional military education in the PLA; the Chinese space program; researching the PLA using on-line and open-source methods; martial law in the PLA and internal security in China; and C4I modernization in the PLA.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Professional Military Education in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: A Preliminary Assessment of Problems and Prospects

    Thomas J. Bickford

  • Chapter Two

    The Chinese Space Program: A 21st Century “Fleet in Being”?

    Dean Cheng

  • Chapter Three

    The Revolution in Research Affairs: Online Sources and the Study of the PLA

    Taylor Fravel

  • Chapter Four

    Undressing the Dragon: Researching the PLA Through Open Source Exploitation

    Evan S. Medeiros

  • Chapter Five

    The Meaning of Martial Law for the PLA and Internal Security in China After Deng

    Andrew Scobell

  • Chapter Six

    Chinese C4I Modernization: An Experiment in Open-Source Analysis

    James C. Mulvenon

The conference papers described in this report were supported by the National Security Research Division.

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