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South China Sea Challenges for the Trump Administration

Nong Hong (ICAS) assesses the outlook and challenges for U.S.-China relations in the South China Sea based on the first month of the Trump administration. While Hong finds reasons to be concerned, she argues against excessive pessimism.

Australia's Strategic Culture and Asia's Changing Regional Order

Nick Bisley (La Trobe University) analyzes the major elements of Australian strategic culture and argues that emerging trends suggest a growing rift between Australia's strategic elite and the public that could pose future challenges for the U.S.-Australia alliance.

Pacific Trilateralism

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming meeting with President Donald Trump underscores the critical importance of the U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan. This report from a recent workshop examines challenges and promising areas for the three countries to address emerging traditional and nontraditional threats.

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

Leading experts analyze key U.S. relationships in Asia—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identify critical current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

Secretary James Mattis's Visit to South Korea and Japan

As Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with senior officials in both countries, he reassured these two critical allies of the United States' ongoing nuclear defense guarantee and security commitment. Read analysis on these and other issues related to the visit.

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NBR Senior Advisor Nicholas Eberstadt Testifies on North Korea Policy

On January 31, Nicholas Eberstadt testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on "Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options." The subject of his testimony was "From 'Engagement' to Threat Reduction: Moving toward a North Korea Policy That Works."

Free through February 17: Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

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 in this new NBR Special Report.

Asia Policy 23 | New Release

The January 2017 issue of Asia Policy features expert commentary on U.S. bilateral relationships in Asia; North Korea’s foreign relations, nuclear development, and sanctions; Japan’s maritime security; and corruption in China.

Admiral Greenert on U.S. Maritime Interests in Asia

The Cipher Brief asks Admiral Jonathan Greenert (NBR's John Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies) what he would identify as the most critical variables if he were to brief the new administration on U.S. maritime interests in Asia.

Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia

Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.

Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) analyzes Taiwan’s strategic culture and argues that the island’s perception of its own orphan status is central to how Taiwan defines its place in the international system.

Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism

Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Japan's Low-Carbon Transition

Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) speaks on the future of Japan's energy transition in the context of government efforts to promote renewables and electricity market deregulation.

The North Korean Nuclear Missile Test

The recent test demonstrates an ongoing threat toward Washington's East Asian allies and indicates that Kim Jong-un continues to focus on developing intercontinental ballistic missile systems that could eventually threaten the continental United States. Click

"North Korea's testing of its Pukguksong-2 ballistic missile represents two key advancements. The first is that its solid-fuel engine is much more stable and allows for substantially shorter launch preparation time. The second is that its mobile launch capability translates into a harder-to-detect target. North Korea continues to make significant progress in its ballistic missile program without any external constraints."

JOHN S. PARK, NBR Senior Advisor

More on North Korea and nuclear secutity in Northeast Asia

"In broad outline, North Korean threat reduction requires progressive development of more effective defenses against the DPRK’s means of destruction while simultaneously weakening Pyongyang’s capabilities for supporting both conventional and strategic offense."


Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on "Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options."

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In partnership with Sasakawa USA, NBR has launched an innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security that combines interactive mapping technology with analyses from leading maritime experts.

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