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Energy & Environment

February 2018

The Outlook for Asia's LNG Markets

Policy Q&A

Leslie Palti-Guzman (Rapidan Energy Group) analyzes the prospects for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia and discusses challenges to constructing the infrastructure needed to support growing demand throughout the region.

November 2017

China’s National Oil Companies Return to the World Stage: Navigating Anticorruption, Low Oil Prices, and the Belt and Road Initiative

Erica Downs


This essay examines the interplay between the return of China’s national oil companies (NOCs) to international mergers and acquisitions and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

November 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: What It Is, How It Is Perceived, and Implications for Energy Geopolitics

Michael Kugelman


This essay assesses the scale and energy dimensions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), identifies key obstacles, and discusses the implications for energy geopolitics.

November 2017

The Geopolitics of Energy Cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Kaho Yu


This essay examines the factors, mechanisms, and implications of energy cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and analyzes how the initiative could reshape the current international energy order.

October 2017

The Role for Hydropower in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s Power Sector

Policy Q&A

Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby of the Stimson Center explain the complexities of the region's power sector as countries with growing economies are turning to the Mekong River to power their growing ecohnomies and expand energy access.

September 2017

Chinese Government Support for New Energy Vehicles as a Trade Battleground

Policy Brief

Marika Heller (Crumpton Group) examines China's policies supporting the development of new energy vehicles and their impact on foreign auto firms operating within China. She argues that a trade crisis between the United States and China could stem from the auto industry.

July 2017

Harnessing the Wind in China

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University) to understand the complexities of China’s wind energy industry and the challenges facing the diversification of energy production.

July 2017

Chinese Perspectives on the Sino-Russian Relationship

Evan S. Medeiros and Michael S. Chase


This essay explores Chinese perspectives on the Sino-Russian relationship and considers the implications for U.S. policy.

July 2017

2016 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition


The 2016 Summit Report presents the findings of this invitation-only event and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific.

June 2017

Nascent Gas Markets in the Era of Low Oil Prices: The Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Security in Northeast Asia


Younkyoo Kim examines the impact of low oil prices on the natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) market in Asia and explores the market and policy conditions necessary to develop a regional trading hub.

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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
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
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
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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
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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