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Energy & Environment

June 2017

Allied Energy Security: The Role of U.S. Oil and LNG Exports in U.S. Relations with Japan and South Korea


This paper provides an overview of Japan’s and South Korea’s energy vulnerabilities, assesses the role of U.S oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports in strengthening both countries’ energy security, and offers proposals for a trilateral energy security partnership.

April 2017

Sino-Russian Energy Relations in Northeast Asia and Beyond: Oil, Natural Gas, and Nuclear Power

Shoichi Itoh


This essay examines the background, current state, and future challenges of Sino-Russian energy relations.

December 2016

Asia: A Geopolitical Beneficiary of the New Energy Environment

Meghan L. O’Sullivan


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 Impact of Prolonged Low Energy Prices on APEC’s Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy Mix

Cecilia Tam and Muhamad Izham Abd. Shukor


This essay explores the drivers of the transition to a low-carbon energy system and assesses how prolonged low energy prices could affect this shift.

December 2016

Introduction: Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Clara Gillispie and Mikkal E. Herberg


In this NBR Special Report, top experts examine shifts in global oil and LNG market outlooks, the geopolitical implications for the Asia-Pacific, and options for strengthening energy and environmental policy across the region.

December 2016

Asia’s LNG Prospects: Finally Entering a Golden Age

Leslie Palti-Guzman


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.

December 2016

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

Antoine Halff


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

June 2016

The Role of Transportation in the Future of Urban Developing Asia: A Case Study of India


This paper examines the role of dominant transportation technologies in managing the mobility needs of differently sized cities in India and draws implications that are similar for other countries in developing Asia.

June 2016

Trade in Clean Energy: Bridging the Governance Gap


Christopher Dent and Clare Richardson-Barlow (University of Leeds) discuss the need for comprehensive governance of trade in clean energy and highlight the potential of cooperation between WTO and the UNFCCC to better utilize clean energy trade to achieve climate goals.

June 2016

Coal, Gas, or Nuclear: Asia’s Inconvenient Energy Choice


This working paper was commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit "Sustainable Transitions: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition" to be held in Singapore on June 22–24.

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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
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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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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