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September 2018

China-Russia Relations: Strategic Implications and U.S. Policy Options

Robert Sutter


This report provides an overview of the scope and implications of China-Russia relations, explains why Sino-Russian cooperation against U.S. interests has increased during the past decade, assesses key determinants, and examines U.S. policy options.

August 2018

China’s Latest Vaccine Scandal: An Analysis of Key Factors and Assessment of China’s Way Forward

Policy Q&A

The revelation that one of the China's largest domestic drug companies had falsified safety and inspection data on its rabies vaccine has ignited a major public health scandal in the country. NBR senior associate Benjamin Shobert analyzes the key factors at play in the scandal and assesses China’s way forward to address the problem.

August 2018

U.S. Energy Policy in Asia

Policy Q&A

NBR's Dan Aum interviews Jonathan Elkind (Columbia University, former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy) and Clara Gillispie (NBR) about U.S. energy policy in Asia.

August 2018

Developments in Russian-Asian Energy Cooperation: Perspectives from South Korea

Policy Q&A

Keun-Wook Paik (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies) discusses the latest developments in Russian-Asian energy cooperation, provides the perspective from the ROK, and assesses the potential for future projects in the region.

July 2018

Civil-Military Relations in Indonesia after the Reform Period

Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki


Leonard C. Sebastian, Emirza Adi Syailendra, and Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki address civil-military relations in Indonesia by examining the creeping renewal of military involvement in national policy implementation and the key drivers that contribute to this trend.

July 2018

Russia's Strategic Partnerships with China and South Korea: The Impact of THAAD

Anthony V. Rinna


Anthony V. Rinna examines the effects of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system on Russia’s strategic partnerships with China and South Korea.

July 2018

The Impact of Sanctions on North Korea

Rüdiger Frank, Sung-Yoon Lee, Catherine Jones, Justin V. Hastings, Roberta Cohen and Robert Huish


UN sanctions now target approximately 90% of North Korea’s publicly reported exports. In this roundtable, Rüdiger Frank, Sung-Yoon Lee, Catherine Jones, Justin V. Hastings, Roberta Cohen, and Robert Huish present a range of different perspectives on the impact that sanctions are having on North Korea and whether they will be successful in convincing the Kim regime to commit to the path of denuclearization.

July 2018

Michael J. Green's By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783

Stephen G. Brooks, Kurt M. Campbell, Rush Doshi, Michael J. Green, James R. Holmes, Adam P. Liff and Ashley J. Tellis

Book Review Roundtable

Michael Green’s By More Than Providence broadly explores the history of U.S. grand strategy in the Asia-Pacific since U.S.-Asia relations began in 1783. Reviewers Kurt Campbell, Rush Doshi, James Holmes, Ashley Tellis, Adam Liff, and Stephen Brooks discuss the relevance of Green’s historical work and the insights it provides for the future of U.S. grand strategy.

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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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