Recent Commentary and Q&A
Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism
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).
Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia
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.
Japan’s Low-Carbon Transition
After making drastic cuts to nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident, Japan has been forced to re-evaluate its strategies to promote energy and environmental security. As the Japan continues its transition toward a low-carbon economy, Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) to understand the changes currently happening in the country.
Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective
Christopher A. Ford, chief legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. He argues that although the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative depicts China’s strategic culture as essentially pacifistic and disinclined toward violence, its basic orientation is fundamentally realist.
Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific
Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.
China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente
To better understand the nuances of the developing relationship between Russia and China, NBR spoke with Alexander Gabuev (Carnegie Moscow Center) about Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, a natural gas agreement signed in May 2014, and long-term prospects for the Sino-Russian entente.
Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future
Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.
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Trade in Clean Energy: Bridging the Governance Gap
Christopher Dent and Clare Richardson-Barlow (University of Leeds) discuss the need for comprehensive governance of trade in clean energy and highlight the potential of cooperation between WTO and the UNFCCC to better utilize clean energy trade to achieve climate goals.