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Nuclear Proliferation

April 2017

Charting the Path of Korean Unification amid the Changing Security Landscape in Northeast Asia

Kuyoun Chung


This essay examines South Korea’s unification policy and argues that it is inherently incompatible with North Korea’s strategic goals, which emphasize regime survival and unification on the regime’s own terms.

April 2017

Improving the Effectiveness of Sanctions against North Korea

Nam Hoon Cho


This essay assesses the early impact of sanctions on North Korea and suggests policy options for improving the efficacy of the sanctions regime.

April 2017

The Trump Administration: Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance and Policy toward North Korea

Patrick M. Cronin


This essay assesses the challenges for the U.S.-ROK alliance on the Korean Peninsula and recommends several options for the Trump administration to preserve and strengthen the alliance to deter North Korean aggression and proliferation.

April 2017

Tightening the Economic Noose on the North Korean Regime

Bruce Klingner


This essay examines recent efforts to strengthen sanctions against North Korea and argues that these measures must be augmented and more consistently implemented in order to change Pyongyang’s behavior.

April 2017

Avoiding Calamity: Preparing for a North Korean Collapse

Andrew Injoo Park and Kongdan Oh


This essay examines possible collapse scenarios for North Korea, considers the expected responses of regional stakeholders, and offers policy suggestions for the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

April 2017

Change and Continuity in the U.S.-ROK Alliance and North Korea Policy

Yong-sup Han


This essay examines key issues in the U.S.-ROK alliance and assesses U.S. and ROK policy options for addressing the threat posed by North Korea.

April 2017

U.S. Policy toward North Korea: Security and Human Rights Go Hand in Hand

Roberta Cohen


This essay examines the relationship between the human rights situation in North Korea and international security and considers concrete policy options for the Trump administration to pursue both goals in a comprehensive way.

January 2017

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea

Robert Huish


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.

April 2016

Seeking Strategic Stability for U.S.-China Relations in the Nuclear Domain

Elbridge A. Colby and Wu Riqiang


This essay lays out U.S. and Chinese views on and interests in the nuclear weapons domain, describes how the stability model could serve as an appropriate framework for bilateral engagement, proposes specific collaborative initiatives the two nations could profitably pursue, and identifies remaining disagreements that will need to be managed.

February 2016

Pakistan’s Nuclear Proliferation and Its Impact on International and Regional Security

Dipankar Banerjee


This essay examines Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the challenges it poses for regional and international security.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
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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
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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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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
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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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