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February 2018

Strengthening U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role for the Korea-U.S. FTA


Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2018

China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later


On Thursday, January 24, Nadège Rolland testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) hearing on "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later."

January 2018

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: One-Year Economic Performance Review


Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung evaluate the economic performance of the New Southbound Policy during its first year while also outlining the existing structure of investment and trade between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

January 2018

The Migration of Labor between Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Changing Policies


Ji-Ping Lin discusses Taiwan’s current and past immigration policies and highlights their political, economic, social, and cultural impacts now and into the future.

November 2017

Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea

Policy Q&A

June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation. She comments on the complex relationship of the chaebol system and small and medium-sized enterprises in the South Korean economy, among other issues.

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.

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.

September 2017

Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea


John Park (NBR Senior Advisor) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs at a hearing entitled "Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea." Read his prepared remarks and watch the webcast.

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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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