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January 2017

China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay

Yan Sun, David Bachman, Nicholas Calcina Howson and Minxin Pei

Book Review Roundtable

This book review roundtable on Book Review Roundtable Minxin Pei’s China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay features three review essays followed by an response from the author.

January 2017

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

David Shambaugh, Sheila A. Smith, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush, Kimberly Marten, Ashley J. Tellis, Teresita C. Schaffer, Brian Harding and Michael Clarke

Roundtables

Bilateral relationships in Asia present major opportunities and challenges for the new U.S. administration. This roundtable contains nine essays analyzing key U.S. relationships in the region—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identifying the most salient current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

January 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula

Chung-in Moon, Ren Xiao, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Van Jackson and Andrei Lankov

Roundtables

The United States and East Asian states have tried various methods to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but no successful formula has emerged. This Asia Policy roundtable contains five essays that examine the relationships between North Korea and China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States and assess the prospects for denuclearization.

January 2017

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea: Can a Black-and-White System Adapt to a Gray-Zone Reality?

Céline Pajon

Articles

This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

January 2017

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea

Robert Huish

Articles

This article examines the ineffectiveness of current sanctions on marine traffic into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by identifying four weaknesses that allow traffic there to continue: flags of convenience, misidentification or false registration, offshore ownership, and shell-firm owners, managers, and insurers.

December 2016

The Outlook for Asia’s Oil Market in a Lower-Price Environment

Antoine Halff

Essays

This essay examines the short- and longer-term impact of low oil prices on Asian countries and assesses the risks to energy security.

December 2016

Asia’s LNG Prospects: Finally Entering a Golden Age

Leslie Palti-Guzman

Essays

This essay examines the competitiveness of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the fast-evolving Asian natural gas market and assesses key trends observed over the past two years, the demand response to a lower-price environment, and the implications of sustained competitive LNG prices for Asia’s long-term energy mix.

December 2016

The Impact of Prolonged Low Energy Prices on APEC’s Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy Mix

Cecilia Tam and Muhamad Izham Abd. Shukor

Essays

This essay explores the drivers of the transition to a low-carbon energy system and assesses how prolonged low energy prices could affect this shift.

December 2016

Asia: A Geopolitical Beneficiary of the New Energy Environment

Meghan L. O’Sullivan

Essays

This essay examines the implications of the shift from perceived scarcity to abundance in global energy supplies for the geopolitics of Asia and the region’s interactions with the broader international scene.

December 2016

Introduction: Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Mikkal E. Herberg and Clara Gillispie

Essays

In this NBR Special Report, 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.

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