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Recent Commentary and Q&A

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.

December 2016

Japan’s Low-Carbon Transition

Policy Q&A

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.

November 2016

The Legacy of Nehruvianism and the Implications for India’s Strategic Culture

Policy Q&A

Ian Hall, a professor of international relations at Griffith University, explains why India remains restrained in its international behavior even as its economic and military power continue to grow.

November 2016

Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Policy Q&A

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.

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

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.

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