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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.

NBR offers a wide range of publications on Project MUSE, including all issues of Asia Policy, Strategic Asia 2005-06 through Strategic Asia 2010-11, and select Special Reports. This content can be freely accessed by individuals affiliated with institutions that subscribe to Project MUSE's book and journal collections, available through Johns Hopkins University Press. View all NBR publications available on Project MUSE.

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Recent Publications

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape. Leading experts provide comprehensive assessments of the current state of the United States' relations with its five treaty allies, as well as with emerging "strategic partners" in Asia, and draw implications for U.S. 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.

PDF free through September 20, 2015


Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) examines Shinzo Abe’s recent attempts to revise Japan’s defense guidelines. He considers how these attempts may affect the Japanese domestic political landscape and the implications that Abe’s actions may have for key issues in the U.S.-Japan alliance, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S. military interests in Okinawa.


Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance

This NBR Special Report examines the challenges posed by major disasters in the Asia-Pacific and argues that the United States and Japan need to elevate humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to be a key component of their combined regional security strategy. Also available in Japanese.


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.