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India's Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

On July 10, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) formally began the accession process for India and Pakistan to join as full members. Former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan (Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi) explains what SCO enlargement means for India.

New Delhi Roundtable on "Innovate in India"

On September 24, NBR and the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) will co-host a high-level roundtable on innovation policymaking in India featuring Minister Suresh Prabhu (Ministry of Railways, Republic of India), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), Rajiv Kumar (Centre for Policy Research), Manoj Panda (IEG), and others.

The 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Review

In this Q&A, Malcolm R. Lee of the Brookings Institution discusses major outcomes of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in light of recent cyberattacks and concerns over market access.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

China's plan to invest $46 billion dollars in Pakistan to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, announced in April 2015, is remarkable for its size and scope. Louis Ritzinger analyzes the geopolitical factors underpinning Beijing's decision to invest so heavily in its troubled neighbor.

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections

Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

NBR and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) present project findings in a report from Admiral Thomas B. Fargo (John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at NBR) and experts from the Asia-Pacific.


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Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy

Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) examines Shinzo Abe’s recent attempts to revise Japan’s defense guidelines and considers the ramifications for key issues in the U.S.-Japan alliance, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. military interests in Okinawa.

Pakistan’s Energy Insecurity: Anatomy of a Crisis and How to Move Forward

Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) unpacks the complexities of Pakistan’s energy problems, highlighting how shortcomings in the country’s system have led to political protests and riots and offering recommendations for public policy.

2014 PLA Conference and Volume

In February 2014, the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, and U.S. Pacific Command jointly convened a conference of leading experts on the Chinese military in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The conference theme, “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025,” focused on the outlook of the Chinese military between 2025 and 2030. Learn more and read the full conference volume, released July 2015.

Asia Policy 20 (July 2015)

Asia Policy 20 features a roundtable on the future of China’s “rule according to law” initiative and articles on the value of trust between U.S. and Chinese military officers, the direction of the Australia-Japan strategic partnership, and the prospects for population movements inside North Korea after a governmental collapse. The issue also includes a book review roundtable on Nicholas R. Lardy’s book Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.

The Future of "Rule According to Law" in China

China’s Fourth Plenum focused on the concept of yifa zhiguo, or "rule according to law." What does this mean for China's legal system, the role of the government, and civil society? In this Asia Policy roundtable, six scholars examine the legal reforms considered at the Fourth Plenum and assess their effects on the relationship between the CCP and the judicial system.

Innovation and Competitiveness in the Indian Context

Amit Kapoor and Sankalp Sharma (India Council on Competitiveness) offer an assessment of India’s intellectual property rights regime, the links between innovation and IPR, and strategies for advancing the next phase of India’s economic growth. Read the paper.

NBR Special Report on U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security

Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR) examines major developments that are reshaping the Asia-Pacific’s energy security environment and offers recommendations for how the region can forge a new, more robust energy security architecture.

Shifts in Japan’s Life Science and Health Care Policy

Yuji Yamamoto (MinaCare) discusses Japan’s revised policies toward its life science sector and assesses the government’s new efforts to leverage the sector as a key driver of economic growth.

"Innovate in India" Event Highlights

Missed the discussions in Washington, D.C., and Seattle? Catch up with insights from Congressman Adam Smith (State of Washington), Kapil Sharma (Wipro), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), and others on how to strengthen public policy in both India and across the Asia-Pacific.

North Korea's New Diplomacy

Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.

China and Indo-U.S. Relations: An Emerging Triangle?

Shivshankar Menon (Brookings Institution) argues that despite increasing convergence between the United States and India on China, a strategic triangle has not yet emerged. He discusses options for strengthening bilateral Indo-U.S. cooperation and initiating new trilateral dialogues.

Innovate in India: Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India's IP Policy

In an NBR Special Report, Roy Kamphausen (NBR) examines India's IP and innovation environment and considers policy options for India, the United States, and the international community.

Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific: Course Reader

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

ENGAGING ASIA 2015

Pacific Power: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in Asia

September 30 | Washington, D.C.


Convening members of Congress and ambassadors, Engaging Asia 2015 will highlight complications over island building in the South China Sea and implications for China’s neighbors, the future of economic partnerships beyond the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the importance of congressional leadership in strengthening the U.S. rebalance to Asia.

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Pentagon Appoints Abraham Denmark, NBR Senior Vice President, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia

The U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense has appointed Abraham Denmark, Senior Vice President of Political and Security Affairs and External Relations at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), to the position of United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia. Mr. Denmark replaces former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Helvey.


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More than 200 leaders from government, business, and research and 60 energy journalists gathered in Beijing, China, on May 27–29, 2015, for the 6th annual Pacific Energy Summit. Read featured expert quotes and listen to full audio from three Summit media roundtables:

U.S.-China Energy Cooperation


The Geopolitics of Oil and Gas in Asia


Health and the Environment



Trends in Global Oil Markets

Regional Perspectives

Experts from across the Asia-Pacific offer country and regional perspectives on recent trends in global oil markets and examine the implications for policy, industry, and the public.


JAPAN | Tomoko Hosoe and Osamu Fujisawa

RUSSIA | Ekaterina Grushevenko

SOUTH KOREA | Younkyoo Kim

NORTH AMERICA | Frank A. Verrastro

CHINA | Kang Wu

INDIA | Manish Vaid

INDONESIA | Satya Widya Yudha


These briefs were commissioned on the sidelines of the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit.



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