Recent Commentary and Q&A
The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas
Chen Weidong (Chief Energy Researcher at the CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) offers insights on China’s ambitious targets for increasing gas consumption and reducing coal’s role in its energy mix, how energy pricing plays a key role, and the impact of environmental concerns on Chinese energy policy.
Indonesia’s Economic Outlook Post 2014 Elections
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.
Myanmar's Financial Integration
Koji Kubo (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization) argues that both the United States and Myanmar must take steps to strengthen Myanmar’s formal payment and settlement system, which will be a critical factor for the country’s future economic growth and successful integration into the global economy.
India's 2014 Budget: Enduring Challenges and New Responses
Pravakar Sahoo from India's Institute of Economic Growth, currently Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the University of Antwerp, elaborates on the policies presented in India's 2014 budget and the reforms the Modi government is seeking to implement in the current fiscal year.
Indonesia’s Upcoming Presidential Elections and Lessons from Democratization
NBR spoke with Karl Jackson, Director of the Southeast Asia Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, to assess the impact of religion and the civil-military relationship on Indonesian democracy, the upcoming elections, and Indonesia’s future role in international relations.
Sunflower Movement Questions Future Direction of Cross-Strait Relations
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.
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Revitalizing India’s Economic Growth
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.