Shinzo Abe and the Reality of Japanese Democracy
NBR Analysis Brief
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.
The 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Review
In June 2015, the United States and China convened the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. In this Q&A, Malcolm R. Lee of the Brookings Institution analyzes the main outcomes of the dialogue in light of China’s stock market instability, serious market access concerns, major cyberattacks, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections
Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Conference, Project, and Program Publications
China's plan to invest $46 billion dollars in Pakistan to strengthen the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, announced in April 2015, is remarkable for its size and scope. Louis Ritzinger analyzes the geopolitical factors underpinning Beijing's decision to invest so heavily in its troubled neighbor.
Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China
Kellee S. Tsai, Michael Pettis, Yukon Huang, Joseph Fewsmith, Charles W. Freeman III and Nicholas R. Lardy
Book Review Roundtable
In this book review roundtable, five experts discuss Nicholas R. Lardy's "Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China," followed by a response essay from the author.
The Contradictions of China's Political Economy
Charles W. Freeman III
Book Review Roundtable
This is one of six essays in the book review roundtable on Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China.
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The Future of "Rule According to Law" in China
Carl Minzner, Donald Clarke, Ling Li, Jacques deLisle, Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard and Stanley Lubman
This Asia Policy roundtable contains six essays that discuss the Fourth Plenum’s focus on legal reform and its effects on the relationship between the CCP and the judicial system.