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Q&As: Singapore

December 2015

ASEAN Economic Community Prepares for December Launch

Commentary

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.

November 2014

U.S. Alliances and Partnerships in the Pacific Century

Policy Q&A

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

October 2013

New Commitment to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea?

Commentary

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.

July 2012

Sustaining Rebalancing in an Era of Fiscal Restraint

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2012

ASEAN and the South China Sea: Deepening Divisions

Policy Q&A

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.

March 2012

Does U.S. Pacific Policy Need a Trade Policy?

Commentary

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.

March 2012

Resourcing Our Asia-Pacific Defense Strategy

Commentary

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.

March 2012

Rethinking Asia’s Energy Mix: Sustainable, Reliable Nuclear Power

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2010

Reforming the Global Health System: Lessons from Asia

Policy Q&A

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).

   



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