Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances
Daniel C. Sneider (Stanford University) writes that the spectacle of the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President obscures essential realities within the region. He argues that the United States should follow up the unconventional diplomacy in Singapore with careful attention to managing our alliances with South Korea and Japan.
ASEAN Economic Community Prepares for December Launch
In advance of the December 31, 2015, launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Rachel Wagley (NBR) looks at the obstacles to full integration that Southeast Asia still faces.
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.
Sustaining Rebalancing in an Era of Fiscal Restraint
In January 2012 the United States announced that it would commence a strategy of “rebalancing” toward the Asia-Pacific, in light of the growing geopolitical importance of the region. Thomas G. Mahnken discusses the prospects of effectively executing and sustaining the U.S. rebalance during a time of fiscal restraint.
ASEAN and the South China Sea: Deepening Divisions
NBR asked Ian Storey (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) for his insights into developments in the South China Sea, divisions between ASEAN members at the recent ASEAN-led meetings in Cambodia, and what this means for regional stability.
Does U.S. Pacific Policy Need a Trade Policy?
Setting the stage for the April 18 Engaging Asia conference, panelist Edward Gresser (ProgressiveEconomy) explores the arguments behind including a trade element in the U.S. shift toward the Asia-Pacific and asks whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the right foundation for such a policy.
Resourcing Our Asia-Pacific Defense Strategy
Congressman J. Randy Forbes argues that China’s rapid military modernization and increasing defense budget could tilt the regional balance of power in Beijing’s favor and enhance its ability “to deter U.S. forces from entering the region, coerce neighboring states, or—should conflict ensue—win a rapid victory.” To counter this threat, he cautions that the United States must remain vigilantly prepared and reassess both its military and diplomatic strategies over the next several decades.
Rethinking Asia’s Energy Mix: Sustainable, Reliable Nuclear Power
In advance of the 2012 Pacific Energy Summit, to be held in Hanoi on March 20–22, Hooman Peimani, Head of the Energy Security Division and Principal Fellow in the Energy Studies Institute at the National University of Singapore, discusses Asia’s energy mix and argues that nuclear power is still a viable alternative to fossil fuels in a post-Fukushima Asia.
Reforming the Global Health System: Lessons from Asia
This Q&A presents an interview by Asia Policy editor Andrew Marble with Lord Nigel Crisp on Crisp’s call for reform of the global health system. Crisp’s argument has been presented in his new book, Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century (London: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd, 2010).