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Populations & Demographics

July 2013

How Can Japan Compete in a Changing Global Market?


An NBR roundtable brought together Edward Gresser (Progressive Economy), Toshikazu Okuya (Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and other experts from research, industry, and policy to assess how to strengthen Japan’s trade and economic policies. Read the roundtable report.

October 2012

Implications of Japan’s Changing Demographics


As part of its ongoing Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs program, NBR convened senior demographics and economic experts Nicholas Eberstadt (American Enterprise Institute), and Richard Katz (The Oriental Economist Report), among other leaders in policy, industry, and research, for an intimate, roundtable discussion on the implications of Japan’s demographic outlook. A report outlines the major findings of this roundtable regarding the challenges facing Japan as its population decreases and ages.

June 2012

City Life: Dichotomies in an Urbanizing India

Ananya Roy

Policy Q&A

According to the 2011 census, India’s urban growth has surpassed rural growth for the first time in 90 years. Ananya Roy (University of California, Berkeley) discusses the impact of India’s move toward urbanization on city planning and design and what this trend implies for growing metropolises globally.

January 2012

Health and Human Security in Nepal and Possible Trajectories for 2025

Sridhar K. Khatri


This essay examines the current political canvas of Nepal, with a particular focus on health and human security issues, and explores possible scenarios for how the country might evolve through 2025.

January 2012

Water and Food Insecurity: Nontraditional Security Challenges for Nepal

Bishnu Raj Upreti


This essay examines the three most significant challenges related to water and food security for Nepal and analyzes their potential trajectories.

December 2011

India's Demographic Outlook: Implications and Trends

Nicholas Eberstadt

Policy Q&A

Over the next two to three decades, India’s demographic composition will significantly impact the country’s economic and strategic capabilities. NBR spoke with expert demographer and Strategic Asia contributor Nicholas Eberstadt about what India’s population profile will likely look like and how it compares to another major state in the region, China.

October 2011

India’s Energy Policy and Electricity Production

Charles Ebinger

Policy Q&A

In an interview with NBR, Charles Ebinger outlines India’s current and future challenges in meeting its electricity demand. He argues that without serious energy and electricity sector reform, India runs the risk of derailing its rapid economic growth.

October 2011

Nontraditional Security Threats in Pakistan

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh


This essay examines Pakistan’s most significant nontraditional security challenges, including climate change, increasing population and urbanization, food security, and water security.

October 2011

Japan’s Debt Challenge

William W. Grimes

Policy Q&A

William W. Grimes, an expert on Japan’s economics, provides insight into the Japan’s debt dilemma, including what measures the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) could take to help reduce the level of government debt. Grimes is a Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, and is a Research Associate for the National Asia Research Program.

July 2011

Asia’s Rise and U.S. Grand Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis

Policy Q&A

To preview the forthcoming Strategic Asia volume on Asia’s rising powers, India and China, NBR spoke with Strategic Asia Research Director and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Ashley J. Tellis. Tellis argues that Asia continues to encounter challenges in many areas despite economic advancement and that an effective U.S. grand strategy is necessary to face the complex international environment in a time of globalization.

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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, 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
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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
Donald Hertzmark
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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
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