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September 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Negotiations

Richard Katz

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.

August 2014

India in a South Asian Context: Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors

Nilanthi Samaranayake

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2014

Achieving the Promise of the ASEAN Economic Community

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.

July 2014

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.

July 2014

Indonesia’s Economic Outlook Post 2014 Elections

Gunawan Wicaksono

Policy Q&A

Gunawan Wicaksono (Harvard University) shares his thoughts on what the incoming president could do to turn the tides and jump-start more robust economic growth for Indonesia.

July 2014

Don't Panic! China and the Second Energy Revolution

Llewelyn Hughes

Book Review Roundtable

This is one of five essays in a book review roundtable on Elizabeth Economy and Michael Levi's By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest Is Changing the World.

July 2014

Canada's Role in the Asia-Pacific Rebalance: Prospects for Cooperation

James Manicom


In this Asia Policy 18 advance release, James Manicom (CIGI) explores Canada's role in the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and argues that tensions between the two countries' foreign policy priorities may prevent a perfect North American marriage in the Pacific.

July 2014

Hajime!--The Causes and Prospects of the New Start in Russian-Japanese Relations

James D.J. Brown


In this article from Asia Policy 18, James D.J. Brown (Temple University) analyzes the personal, political, economic, and security factors behind the recent warming in Russia-Japan relations and examines the prospects for this trend to continue given geopolitical uncertainties in Ukraine and the disputed Northern Territories. The full issue will be released on July 21.

June 2014

Sunflower Movement Questions Future Direction of Cross-Strait Relations

John W. Garver

Policy Q&A

Following the signing of the controversial Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, John W. Garver (Georgia Institute of Technology) discusses the immediate challenges facing cross-strait relations and assesses whether a more harmonious or confrontational relationship between the two countries is on the horizon.

May 2014

Revitalizing India’s Economic Growth

Ajay Shriram

Policy Q&A

Ajay Shriram (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses how India’s newly elected government can help revitalize the country’s economy. He argues that the key to boosting India’s economic growth is to implement policies that create more jobs for India’s growing youth population.

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