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Essays on Taiwan's Strategic Ties with Southeast Asia

Read the first two essays of an online roundtable that explores the traditional and non-traditional dimensions of Taiwan's strategic ties with Southeast Asia and how these links are evolving in the absence of formal diplomatic relations.

Japanese Maritime Assistance: A Status Quo Plus

Kerry Lynn Nankivell (Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies) explains why Japan’s institutional and political contexts militate against unilateralism or militarism, even as Japan expands its maritime security capacity to deal with the new strategic reality at sea.

The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress: Implications for the United States and Its Allies

NBR's president Richard J. Ellings and senior fellow William J. McCahill discuss the 19th Party Congress and its implications for the United States and its allies in a recent podcast.

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security

Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region.

Testimony on "Development Finance in Asia: U.S. Economic Strategy Amid China's Belt and Road"

NBR Senior Vice President Roy D. Kamphausen testified on November 15 before the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. Watch the webcast or read the prepared remarks.

Podcast: Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Listen as Strategic Asia editors Ashley Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Michael Wills (NBR) discuss the newest volume in the series, Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

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Admiral Dennis C. Blair Testifies before the House Financial Services Committee

On Tuesday, January 9, Admiral Dennis C. Blair testified at a public hearing before the Financial Services Committee on "Evaluating CFIUS: Challenges Posed by a Changing Global Economy." Read his prepared remarks and view the webcast.

Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea

June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation and the influence of the traditional chaebol system on domestic drivers of innovation.

On the Eve of Trump’s Visit to China: Examining Beijing's Strategic Priorities

Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) argues that China is pursuing a military strategy of “regional power projection” to protect its national interests and shape both the regional security architecture and the decision-making of other actors.

Asia’s Energy Security and China's Belt and Road Initiative

This NBR Special Report examines the enormous range of China’s activities under the Belt and Road Initiative and analyzes the implications for the Eurasian continental and maritime energy environment.

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) discusses the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee

At the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) offers insight on who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

The CCP's Commentary System

In this advance Asia Policy release, David Gitter and Leah Fang examine the Chinese Communist Party's use of homophonous pen names in the media to transmit official CCP views and assess this system’s utility as a credible information source for foreign analysts.

Bangladesh’s Climate Change Challenge

Ashley Johnson (NBR) discusses three heavily emphasized concerns expressed by policymakers in Bangladesh—disaster relief, community stability, and food security—and some of the proposed methods to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

China’s 19th Party Congress

Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years.

The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election

Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory in the October 22 election for this emerging Abe doctrine.


Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

This new volume identifies how Asia's major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges.

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"Regardless of the trajectory of the U.S.-Russia and U.S.-China relationships, Beijing and Moscow will very likely become even closer. Additionally, broad policy incoherence or inconsistency on key issues by the Trump administration could create opportunities for China and Russia to find new and different ways to undermine the interests of the U.S. and its allies and partners."

—Evan S. Medeiros and Michael S. Chase in

"Russia-China Relations: Assessing Common Ground and Strategic Fault Lines"

NBR is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy (CITS). The Center will provide ongoing outreach to leaders from both industry and policy, especially on Capitol Hill. The mission of the Center is to invigorate the U.S. economy through smart trade that spurs innovation, creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and strengthens U.S. security and diplomatic relations by informing and empowering decision-makers in government, business, and the wider policy milieu.

Learn more about the Center's key research priorities.

Former Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD, is the Center's inaugural chair holder.

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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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