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Q&As: U.S. Congress

June 2015

The U.S. Response to China’s Military Modernization

Policy Q&A

Mark Cozad of the RAND Corporation analyzes the new defense capabilities that China has developed and their effect on U.S. interests in Asia. He maintains that Chinese military modernization has advanced even when U.S. attention was focused on Afghanistan and the Middle East and recommends robust development of U.S. military capabilities to maintain the balance of power and the United States’ leadership role in Asia.

January 2015

Cyber Insecurity


Cyber insecurity is a major problem for the U.S. economy, national security, and foreign relations. The end of 2014 brought marginal progress on cybersecurity policy, but much more remains to be done in the 114th Congress.

September 2014

New Security Priorities for a New Decade


Senator Slade Gorton, NBR Counselor and former 9/11 Commission member, assesses the evolving national security landscape ten years after the release of the influential 9/11 Commission Report and highlights emerging security threats that policymakers need to address.

July 2013

India as a "Global Swing State": A New Framework For U.S. Engagement with India

Policy Q&A

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.

December 2012

Congress and the New Pacific Strategy: Setting Policy by Acquisition


As the U.S. Congress wrestles with difficult budgetary issues, it faces a series of critical decisions on the future U.S. military force and posture that will be tasked with carrying out the rebalance to Asia. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa emphasizes the need to carefully consider how choices made now will define the future.

August 2012

China’s Military Modernization and Implications for Northeast Asia

Policy Q&A

China’s ambitious military modernization program and increasing defense spending have raised questions about the future security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) assesses U.S. and Northeast Asian attitudes toward China’s military modernization.

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.

June 2012

Japanese Agricultural Reform and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Policy Q&A

To analyze the long-term viability of Japan’s agricultural sector and what role it may play in upcoming trade agreements, NBR asked Aurelia George Mulgan (University of New South Wales) to assess Japan’s agricultural politics and reflect on recent trends toward greater trade liberalization.

May 2012

Taxes, Political Gridlock, and India's 2012 Budget: The Future of Economic Policy in India

Policy Q&A

In a follow-up to a January interview with NBR, Dr. Pravakar Sahoo (Institute of Economic Growth) examines the importance of recent political and economic developments in India and outlines what the Indian government should do to achieve its target 8%–9% growth rate.

May 2012

Okinawa and the Future of the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

Policy Q&A

NBR asked Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, to discuss the underlying domestic factors that shape the conflict surrounding the U.S. military presence in Okinawa and how this continuing tension could affect the future of U.S.-Japan security relations.

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