The Debate over Rare Earths: Recent Developments in Industry and the WTO Case
NBR reunited two leading rare earths experts—Yufan Hao (University of Macau) and Jane Nakano (Center for Strategic and International Studies)—whose previous NBR Q&A details the political and economic dimensions of China’s halt of rare earth exports to Japan in 2010. Their latest remarks assess the context, possible consequences, and implications of the WTO case- for China, the rare earth industry, and global trade and politics.
Game Changers in Asia's Energy and Power Markets
As the world’s most dynamic economic region, Asia is attempting to expand electricity access and ensure energy security without compromising the environment. Mr. Herberg describes specific obstacles that lie ahead, as well as new opportunities that have emerged to help Asia make a shift toward abundant, reliable, and cleaner energy.
2012 Pacific Energy Summit: Summit Papers
Conference, Project, and Program Publications
To inform plenary sessions and prompt thought-provoking discussion, the 2012 Summit organizers have commissioned policy papers from top experts in the field that will be distributed to Summit participants in advance of the meeting.
Powering Asia through Technology
In advance of the 2012 Pacific Energy Summit, to be held in Hanoi, March 20–22, 2012, NBR asked Peter Hughes, Director and Head of the Energy Practice at Ricardo, a multi-industry energy consulting firm, to outline the important role that new technology can play in addressing Asia’s rapidly rising energy demand.
Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
As part of its ongoing Energy Security Program, NBR gathered three senior energy and economic experts to examine the salient questions that surround Japan’s new energy outlook.
UNCLOS and the Obligation to Cooperate
This essay seeks to clarify the obligatory language in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in order to improve compliance with the convention.
The Regime of Islands under UNCLOS: Implications for the South China Sea
Clive Schofield and Dustin Kuan-Hsiung Wang
This essay explores the contentious issue of islands and their associated claims to maritime jurisdiction in international law with particular reference to the islands/rocks in East and Southeast Asia and especially the disputed islands of the South China Sea.
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Maritime Cooperation in a Functional Perspective
This essay argues that effective management of maritime resources, as well as the preservation and protection of the marine environment in enclosed and semi-enclosed seas such as the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, and East China Sea, is possible only if the littoral states cooperate with one another in the discharge of their obligations and the pursuit of their rights.