India’s Upcoming Elections: Will the States and the Economy Decide?
This spring, nearly 790 million Indians will participate in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Milan Vaishnav (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) offers insights on the issues driving voters and the potential impact of several state elections that will precede the 2014 general election.
The Japan-China Feud in the East China Sea
Ken Jimbo (Keio University) assesses the prospects for a Japan-China dialogue to manage tensions in the East China Sea. He emphasizes the need for crisis management and the importance of setting realistic negotiating goals, which would allow both countries to work toward a mutually acceptable status quo.
Islamic Finance: Sources of Growth and Prospects for Global Development
Daud Vicary Abdullah (The Global University of Islamic Finance) offers insights on the recent growth of Islamic finance, the development of the industry in Malaysia, and the hurdles to its continued development in the United States and other parts of the world.
India's Climate Change Challenge
Anjali Jaiswal (Natural Resources Defense Council) highlights a range of environmental challenges facing India, identifies areas and opportunities for advancing policy momentum on climate action, and describes the significant role of the private sector in enabling U.S.-India cooperation.
Reforming Japan's Electricity Sector
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has advocated for deregulation of the electricity sector as a way to bring in new market players, reduce energy costs, and promote clean and renewable energy innovation. Koichiro Ito (Boston University School of Management) discusses the political challenges of deregulation and what is at stake for Japan’s economic and energy future
India’s Water Crisis: Causes and Cures
For insights into what has led to India’s water crisis and what should be done to help alleviate it, NBR spoke with Kirit S. Parikh, chairman of Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe) and a former member of the Government of India’s Planning Commission in charge of water and energy issues.
India as a "Global Swing State": A New Framework For U.S. Engagement with India
As India continues its rise, a combination of factors may give it outsized influence on the global stage. NBR spoke with Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for New American Security, and Daniel Kliman, senior
advisor for the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, about their argument for why India is a
"global swing state" (along with Brazil, Indonesia, and Turkey). They outline what being a
"swing state" means for India's role in the international order and offer recommendations on how Washington should engage New Delhi within this framework.
Madame Park Goes to Washington
Ahead of new South Korean president Park Geun-hye's visit to the United States in May, John S. Park (NBR) discussed several of the issues Presidents Guen-hye and Obama were likely to address as tensions on the Korean peninsula continued to simmer.
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The Influence of China and Russia in Central Asia
With U.S. and NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, the influence in Central Asia of other international actors will become increasingly important for regional stability and security. NBR talked with Stephen Blank (Strategic Studies Institute) about what China’s and Russia’s roles are in Central Asia, how their rivalry and strategies have changed over the past decade, and how a diminished U.S. presence will affect this critical region.