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Recent Commentary and Q&A

September 2014

Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies

Policy Q&A

Tatiana Mitrova (Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) offers insights on the promise for Russian exports to Asian markets, recent developments in Russia’s relations with Asian energy consumers, and the effects of Western sanctions on the country’s energy export prospects.

August 2014

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

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.

August 2014

The Value of Product Development Partnerships

Health Q&A

A product development partnership (PDP) is a 21st-century nonprofit organizational structure that enables the public, private, academic, and philanthropic sectors to aggregate funding for the development of drugs, vaccines, and other health tools as public goods. Rob Lin, Vice President of Finance at the Infectious Diseases Research Institute (IDRI), about the value of the PDP model to global health R&D, criticisms of the model, and its significance for the U.S.-Asia relationship.

July 2014

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2014

Indonesia’s Economic Outlook Post 2014 Elections

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

Myanmar's Financial Integration

Commentary

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.

July 2014

India's 2014 Budget: Enduring Challenges and New Responses

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2014

The U.S.-India Defense Relationship: Strengthening Ties and Overcoming Challenges

Policy Q&A

Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, foreign editor of the Hindustan Times, outlines options for strengthening the U.S.-India defense relationship, including reforms the new Modi government should implement, and explains how enhanced defense ties with the United States align with India’s foreign policy goals.

July 2014

Indonesia’s Upcoming Presidential Elections and Lessons from Democratization

Policy Q&A

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.

June 2014

Incentivizing Life Science Innovation in Japan and the United States

Health Q&A

Ryo Kubota (Acucela CEO and NBR Board Member) compares the environments for scientific innovation in Japan and the United States, drawing on his own experience in launching the first successful IPO in Japan for a U.S.-headquartered start-up company.

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