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2015 Pacific Energy Summit

The 2015 Summit “Strengthening Markets for Energy and Environmental Security” will be held in Beijing, People’s Republic of China, from May 27 to 29. The Summit will convene an exclusive group of 200 leaders from government, business, and research organizations to explore innovative solutions to the dual challenges of rising energy demand and a changing climate.

China’s Energy Hedging Strategy: Less Than Meets the Eye for Russian Gas Pipelines

Amy Myers Jaffe, Kenneth Medlock III, and Meghan O’Sullivan argue that, despite the rhetoric, Russia’s pivot to Asia is unlikely to result in a grand energy-based strategic alliance between China and Russia.

Making India an Attractive Investment Destination

In this paper, Pravakar Sahoo (Delhi University) examines India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policies and highlights challenges for foreign investors and the efforts that the Modi government has taken to improve its policies.

Forecasts for the Asia-Pacific

How will 2015 shape the economy, political systems, and geopolitical arena in the Asia-Pacific and beyond? Already, 2015 has begun on tense terms, and the year will demand prudent and informed U.S. engagement to help support regional stability and economic progress in Asia. This publication highlights 15 areas to watch over the coming year.

President Obama’s Visit to India

As President Obama prepares to head to India, Alyssa Ayres (Council on Foreign Relations) offers insights into the current state of U.S.-India relations. She explains what the introduction of new key personnel in the Obama administration means for the relationship and considers how the two partners may proceed as the security environment rapidly evolves in South Asia.

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House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing

On February 26, NBR Senior Vice President Abraham M. Denmark testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at the hearing "Across the Other Pond: U.S. Opportunities and Challenges in the Asia Pacific."

China’s New Silk Road

Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.

Myanmar’s Peace Process

Gum San Nsang, president of Kachin Alliance, discusses the current status of negotiations and explains what ethnics groups hope to achieve through the process. He argues that both the Myanmar government and military must commit to substantial institutional and political reforms in order to generate credibility for the difficult peace negotiations.

2014 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future

The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit convened key stakeholders from around the world in Seoul, South Korea, to explore what is needed to pursue complementary energy and environmental strategies and work towards achieving the goal of a cleaner and more abundant energy future. Learn more and read the Summit Report.

Sri Lanka’s Election: A New Path Forward

President Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise electoral victory has led to a re-evaluation of Sri Lanka’s political environment. Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insight into the significance of Sri Lanka’s change in leadership and assesses the potential impact on the country’s relationships with major regional powers.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Pathway for U.S. Energy Exports to Japan

Can one of the Asia-Pacific’s strongest alliances also make good on its potential for expanded energy trade? Tom Cutler (Cutler International, LLC) examines the outlook for increased U.S.-Japan trade in coal, oil, and LNG and what role the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might have in expanding the U.S.-Japan energy relationship.

Adapting to a New Energy Era

On February 24, NBR convened a Capitol Hill event exploring how the Asia-Pacific can work toward a more collaborative strategy for enhancing global oil and gas security. Featured speakers included Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr. (U.S. House of Representatives), Minister Yasushi Akahoshi (Embassy of Japan in the United States), and Mikkal Herberg (NBR).

ASIA POLICY 19: Full Issue Now Available

Asia Policy 19 features a roundtable on nuclear multipolarity in Asia; a special essay on the normalization of Japan’s military; articles on Russia’s foreign policy turn toward Asia, India’s strategic response to the U.S. rebalance, and U.S.-South Korea civil nuclear negotiations; and a book review roundtable addressing three recent books on civil-military relations in Pakistan.

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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.

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