U.S.-China Relations: Challenges for the 114th Congress
Charles Freeman III (Brookings Institution and Center for Strategic and International Studies) addresses key issues in the U.S.-China relationship and identifies specific actions that the 114th Congress can take to address them.
Four Priorities in the Asia-Pacific for the 114th Congress
NBR’s briefing series “Four Priorities in the Asia-Pacific for the 114th Congress” provides specific guidance on the most fundamental challenges facing Congress in 2015 and 2016: an outdated U.S. security strategy, serious and often overlooked human rights crises, the complicated U.S.-China relationship, and changing economic and trade realities affecting U.S. prosperity.
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. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.
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.
Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust
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. He also makes the case for why a diverse group of international observers should be allowed to witness the ceasefire talks.
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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.