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January 2017

China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay

Yan Sun, David Bachman, Nicholas Calcina Howson and Minxin Pei

Book Review Roundtable

This book review roundtable on Book Review Roundtable Minxin Pei’s China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay features three review essays followed by an response from the author.

January 2017

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

David Shambaugh, Sheila A. Smith, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush, Kimberly Marten, Ashley J. Tellis, Teresita C. Schaffer, Brian Harding and Michael Clarke

Roundtables

Bilateral relationships in Asia present major opportunities and challenges for the new U.S. administration. This roundtable contains nine essays analyzing key U.S. relationships in the region—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identifying the most salient current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

January 2017

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea: Can a Black-and-White System Adapt to a Gray-Zone Reality?

Céline Pajon

Articles

This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

January 2017

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea

Robert Huish

Articles

This article examines the ineffectiveness of current sanctions on marine traffic into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by identifying four weaknesses that allow traffic there to continue: flags of convenience, misidentification or false registration, offshore ownership, and shell-firm owners, managers, and insurers.

January 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula

Chung-in Moon, Ren Xiao, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Van Jackson and Andrei Lankov

Roundtables

The United States and East Asian states have tried various methods to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but no successful formula has emerged. This Asia Policy roundtable contains five essays that examine the relationships between North Korea and China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States and assess the prospects for denuclearization.

December 2016

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

Policy Q&A

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

December 2016

President Park’s Impeachment and the Future of U.S.–South Korea Relations: Background on the Issues

Online Resource

NBR publications provide a rich background on the current political situation in South Korea and identify key elements that will affect the dynamic of the United States and South Korean alliance in the coming months as both states undergo political change.

December 2016

Asia: A Geopolitical Beneficiary of the New Energy Environment

Meghan L. O’Sullivan

Essays

This essay examines the implications of the shift from perceived scarcity to abundance in global energy supplies for the geopolitics of Asia and the region’s interactions with the broader international scene.

December 2016

The Outlook for Asia’s Oil Market in a Lower-Price Environment

Antoine Halff

Essays

This essay examines the short- and longer-term impact of low oil prices on Asian countries and assesses the risks to energy security.

December 2016

Asia’s LNG Prospects: Finally Entering a Golden Age

Leslie Palti-Guzman

Essays

This essay examines the competitiveness of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the fast-evolving Asian natural gas market and assesses key trends observed over the past two years, the demand response to a lower-price environment, and the implications of sustained competitive LNG prices for Asia’s long-term energy mix.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
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Electricity at the Right Price
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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