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Modi's Regional Foreign Relations

May 2015 marked one year since Narendra Modi’s election as India’s prime minister. Former Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran discusses the key issues surrounding Modi’s most important regional diplomatic visits, including to the United States.

Why Can't We Be Friends?

James P. Nolan (U.S. Air Force) examines engagement between flag officers/general officers in the U.S. military and the People’s Liberation Army. He argues that personal relations between the two sides, while valuable for strengthening diplomatic relations, do not build significant trust or operational value due to numerous individual and institutional barriers.

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.

The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization

The 114th Congress has the opportunity to set the tone in military relations with China through the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2015. As the NDAA awaits approval in the Senate, Mark Cozad (RAND Corporation) analyzes the new defense capabilities that China has developed and their effect on U.S. interests in Asia.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.



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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