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NBR draws upon an international network of renowned specialists, who conduct independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. NBR delivers their independent conclusions to policy leaders through four signature publications - Strategic Asia, Asia Policy, NBR Analysis, and NBR Special Reports - as well as through a variety of cooperative efforts with other institutions.

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Recent Publications

Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age

The 2013-14 Strategic Asia volume examines the role of nuclear weapons in the grand strategies of key Asian states and assesses the impact of these capabilities—both established and latent—on regional and international stability. In each chapter, a leading expert explores the historical, strategic, and political factors that drive a country's calculations vis-a-vis nuclear weapons and draws implications for American interests.


Asia Policy 17 (January 2014)

Asia Policy 17 features a roundtable on how the ISAF’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 might affect regional states and stakeholders; an essay on deepening U.S. partnerships with India and Indonesia; articles on China’s evolving approach to nontraditional maritime security and on Mongolia’s military modernization; and a book review roundtable on Richard J. Samuels’s 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan.


Beyond Haiyan: Toward Greater U.S.-Japan Cooperation in HADR

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Weston S. Konishi (Peace Winds America) and Andrew L. Oros (Washington College) discuss lessons from the U.S. and Japanese military responses to Typhoon Haiyan and suggest ways to strengthen future collaboration on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.


Myanmar's Growing Regional Role

PDF free through May 28, 2014

Myanmar’s ongoing political and economic reforms have paved the way for expanded engagement with Southeast Asia and the world. In this new NBR Special Report, leading experts explore the issues surrounding Myanmar’s re-emergence as a regional power and outline implications for U.S. policy. This report is part of the project Myanmar's Growing Regional Role.


Publication Series

Strategic Asia

The Strategic Asia annual edited volume incorporates assessments of economic, political, and military trends and focuses on the strategies that drive policy in the region.

Asia Policy

Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific that draws clear and concise conclusions useful to today’s policymakers.

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NBR Analysis

The NBR Analysis is an occasional paper series that offers thought-provoking essays on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.

NBR Special Report

NBR Special Reports are an occasional paper series on special topics conducted by the world's leading experts in Asian affairs.

Other Publications

NBR joint publications (including the annual PLA Conference volume) and archives of the NBR Briefing series.