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A Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: Effective Tool or Temporary Solution?

Hong Thao Nguyen (VNU) lays out the main issues which ASEAN and China will have to address if they are to produce a functional Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.

Pacific Trilateralism

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent meeting with President Donald Trump underscores the critical importance of the U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan. This report from a recent workshop examines challenges and promising areas for the three countries to address emerging traditional and nontraditional threats.

Roundtable: Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition

Leading experts analyze key U.S. relationships in Asia—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identify critical current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

Australia's Strategic Culture and Asia's Changing Regional Order

Nick Bisley (La Trobe University) analyzes the major elements of Australian strategic culture and argues that emerging trends suggest a growing rift between Australia's strategic elite and the public that could pose future challenges for the U.S.-Australia alliance.

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2017 Update to the IP Commission Report

On February 27, 2017, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission) released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report. The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Commission members include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Adm. Dennis Blair, and Sen. Slade Gorton. Read the report update at

Seattle Event (April 4): U.S.-ROK 123 Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

A presentation on the future of the U.S.-South Korea Nuclear Cooperation Agreement and its impact on nonproliferation in Northeast Asia will feature keynote speaker Thomas M. Countryman (former United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation) and a Q&A session moderated by John Park (Harvard University).

Asia Policy Free through March 31

The January 2017 issue of Asia Policy features expert commentary on U.S. bilateral relationships in Asia; North Korea’s foreign relations, nuclear development, and sanctions; Japan’s maritime security; and corruption in China.

NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert Testifies on China's Pursuit of Biotechnology

On March 16, NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology." Read his prepared remarks and view the video.

Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Top experts examine shifts in global oil and LNG market outlooks, the geopolitical implications for the Asia-Pacific, and options for strengthening energy and environmental policy across the region in this new NBR Special Report.

Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism

Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Japan's Low-Carbon Transition

Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) speaks on the future of Japan's energy transition in the context of government efforts to promote renewables and electricity market deregulation.

Engaging Asia 2017

The Role of Congress in Managing U.S. Alliances

On March 29, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2017, a public discussion on Capitol Hill on how the 115th Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. Ambassador James P. Zumwalt delivered opening remarks. Plenary speakers included Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and Congressman Ted Yoho. A panel discussion featured Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Remus Chen (TECRO), Meredith Miller (Albright Stonebridge Group), and Roy Kamphausen (NBR).

Watch video of the event on NBR's Facebook page.


The Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations amid Changes in Leadership

"Even without Park Geun-hye’s downfall, the democratic transitions in the United States and the ROK were bound to create vulnerability in the alliance. Kim, perceiving irresolution and chaos in both countries, might seize the moment to provoke Washington and Seoul with the aim of winning new concessions. In doing so, he could underestimate alliance resolve and matters could quickly escalate. For these reasons, President Trump’s security team should build on recent attempts to buttress deterrence."

Read more Expert Voices from a forthcoming report on U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations

Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)

In partnership with Sasakawa USA, NBR has launched an innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security that combines interactive mapping technology with analyses from leading maritime experts.

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