Putin’s Asia Strategy for 2015
In the face of falling oil prices and economic sanctions, Russia has reinforced its pivot to Asia. In this commentary, Morena Skalamera (Harvard University) highlights Putin’s strategies to further embrace Asian markets in relation to energy trade and resource development.
U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century
Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) discusses some of the main research findings from NBR’s forthcoming volume, Strategic Asia 2014-2015: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power
New Commitment to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea?
In September, ASEAN and China commenced formal consultations to establish a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. In this commentary, Carlyle A. Thayer reviews recent developments and assesses the prospects for this complex set of consultations.
The Revenge of Geography and the Asia-Pacific
In his new book, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, Robert Kaplan (Stratfor Global Intelligence) contends current global conflicts, including wars, political instability, and clashes over religion, can be better understood and even forecasted through close examination of the maps that chart our world. In this Q&A, NBR’s Abraham Denmark asks Kaplan how this theory relates to the Asia-Pacific, and what challenges geography will play for the United States’ policy toward the region.
U.S. Joins East Asia Summit: Implications for Regional Cooperation
Following the APEC and ASEAN meetings, the 2012 East Asia Summit provides opportunity to advance regional cooperation. In an interview with NBR, NARP scholar Anne Marie Murphy describes the EAS agenda, implications for host-country Indonesia, and the significance of formally including the United States for the first time.
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea
What implications do the South China Sea disputes hold for U.S. policy and interests in the region? Dr. Ian Storey, an expert on Southeast Asia’s relations with China and the United States, maritime security in the Asia Pacific, and China’s foreign and defense policies, discusses the rise in tensions between claimants in the South China Sea, noting that they “are higher than they have ever been since the end of the Cold War.”