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May 2015

Malaysia’s ASEAN Chairmanship: Furthering Regional Economic Integration

Policy Q&A

Awang Adek Hussin, Malaysia’s ambassador to the United States, discusses Malaysia’s goals as ASEAN chair and vision for regional economic integration.

May 2015

A Chinese Perspective on National Life Science Innovation and Leadership

Health Q&A

Yiwu He (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) compares and contrasts the environments for innovation in the life sciences in the United States and China. He argues that China’s life science sector is likely to benefit over the long term from significant financial investments from the government and private funds that allow for R&D failures over the short term.

April 2015

North Korea's New Diplomacy

Commentary

Following the recent announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, Nadège Rolland (NBR) reflects on North Korea's growing relationship with Russia even as the country's relations with China have deteriorated in the wake of Pyongyang's February 2013 nuclear test.

April 2015

India's 2015-16 Budget: Targeted Reforms to Promote Investment

Policy Q&A

Pravakar Sahoo of Delhi University explores what the 2015–16 budget means for India, foreign investors, and India-U.S. defense cooperation.

April 2015

Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry as a Strategic Focus for South Korea

Health Q&A

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has endorsed healthcare as a strategic industry for South Korea. Joo Hun You (South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare) discusses the relationship between the country’s domestic health industry and healthcare system and implications of this endorsement for the U.S.–South Korea strategic relationship.

March 2015

The 7th Trilateral Ministers' Meeting

Commentary

Julia Oh, Atlas Corps Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, analyzes the outcomes and the implications of the 7th Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held on March 21st in Seoul.

March 2015

Indian Politics and the U.S.-India Strategic Relationship

Policy Q&A

Former ambassador Tim Roemer explores the significance of recent Indian political developments, both domestically and for India’s complex and dynamic relationship with the United States and how U.S. policymakers can work to further strengthen economic reforms and continue to build what he characterizes as one of the United States’ most important strategic relationships. .

March 2015

Cyber Cooperation in Northeast Asia

Policy Q&A

James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Strategic Technologies Program, examines the current status of cyber cooperation in Northeast Asia and assesses the political and security implications for U.S. foreign policy.

March 2015

India, Pakistan, and the Same Old Problems

Policy Q&A

Aryaman Bhatnagar of the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi) explores the impacts of domestic politics, the Pakistani military establishment, and cross-border terrorism on the India-Pakistan relationship.

February 2015

China’s New Silk Road

Commentary

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.

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