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June 2017

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20: Celebrating Decline?

Commentary

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

June 2017

What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit

Commentary

In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

June 2017

The Upcoming Trump-Modi Summit: The View from Indian Industry

Policy Q&A

Chandrajit Banerjee (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses the likely priorities for Prime Minister Modi, offers an assessment of his domestic performance thus far, and provides predictions on the future of India’s growth.

June 2017

The Upcoming Cambodian Election and U.S.-Cambodian Ties under the Trump Administration

Policy Q&A

On June 4, Cambodia will hold commune elections. To better understand the significance and political climate surrounding the upcoming elections and to discuss the current state of U.S.-Cambodian ties under the Trump administration, NBR spoke with John D. Ciorciari (University of Michigan).

May 2017

Rule of Law in China: An Essential Component of U.S.-China Relations

Policy Q&A

China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

May 2017

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

Commentary

Daniel C. Sneider, Associate Director for Research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, analyzes the impact that the return to power of South Korea’s progressives will have on alliance relations with the United States.

May 2017

Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context

Policy Q&A

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) highlights the main findings of the NBR Special Report "Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?" and explains how Taiwan’s perception of its “orphan” status in the international system shapes its strategic culture, as well as its approach to its relationships with China and the United States.

April 2017

Comrade Xi Meets Mister Trump: Summit or Base Camp?

Commentary

In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago summit, William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at expectations and outcome of the meetings, what the Chinese people were and were not told, and implications for U.S. policy going forward.

December 2016

Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism

Policy Q&A

Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center’s senior associate for South and Southeast Asia, discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

December 2016

Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia

Policy Q&A

Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.

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