China’s New Silk Road
Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.
High-Profile Negotiations across the Pacific
The coming year is pivotal for U.S. trade policy and Asia’s future path to regional economic integration. Progress on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), U.S.-China economic relations, and regional economic partnerships will all impact U.S. competitiveness in Asia.
India’s Economic Diplomacy
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India is pursuing a policy of “economic diplomacy” centered on major domestic reforms and international outreach to attract foreign investment.
Putin’s Asia Strategy for 2015
In the face of falling oil prices and economic sanctions, Russia has reinforced its pivot to Asia. In this commentary, Morena Skalamera (Harvard University) highlights Putin’s strategies to further embrace Asian markets in relation to energy trade and resource development.
Modi’s Visit to the United States: A Turning Point for the U.S.-India Relationship?
Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit, how both sides will seek to approach their objectives for the visit, and opportunities for moving forward. He argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Negotiations
NBR Analysis Brief
In this NBR Analysis Brief, Richard Katz, editor-in-chief of the Oriental Economist Report, examines the obstacles to the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He argues that failure to reach an agreement by early 2015 could mean indefinite postponement and concludes that a “grand bargain” is needed to prevent this outcome.
India in a South Asian Context: Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors
Nilanthi Samaranayake and Nilanthi Samaranayake
Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insights on the significance of Modi’s outreach to other South Asian leaders, discusses key issues for the new government in this engagement, and explains how India’s regional efforts are viewed by other countries in Asia, particularly China.
Achieving the Promise of the ASEAN Economic Community
James Wallar and James Wallar
This paper provides a snapshot of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it seeks to promote trade and investment within and outside the region and create an ASEAN Economic Community.
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Strengthening the U.S.-India Relationship
Richard J. Ellings
In this report, Richard J. Ellings, President of the National Bureau of Asian Research, examines the economic obstacles to a deeper strategic partnership between the two countries. He argues that if these challenges are addressed in ways that enhance each nation's interests in economic development, the United States and India are positioned to collaborate more effectively on a broader set of international political and security questions.