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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 2015-16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific

Strategic Asia 2015-16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific examines how the region’s major powers are building their national power as geopolitical competition intensifies. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes a country’s economic, technological, human, and natural resources and assesses how well its political system translates those capabilities into military and diplomatic power. Download the free overview chapter.


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.


What to Do about North Korea

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Sue Mi Terry (Bower Group Asia) examines the options available to the United States to address the threat posed by North Korea. She argues that Washington needs to increase pressure on the Kim regime by adopting a multipronged strategy that takes a firmer stance against Pyongyang and collaborates more closely with regional allies.


Indonesia: A Regional Energy Leader in Transition

PDF free through January 31, 2016

Indonesia has traditionally been a leading energy supplier in the Asia-Pacific. The country’s abundant resources have played a critical role in the country’s economic growth, while contributing to higher levels of prosperity across Asia. However, rapidly rising domestic demand, ongoing subsidies, and declining production threaten the country's energy security. In this NBR Special Report, four senior specialists on energy and geopolitics examine the key energy and environmental security challenges facing Indonesia and explore strategies for promoting greater access to energy while stimulating sustainable sector investment.


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.