Q&As: Society & Culture
Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar
The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) explains the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.
Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective
Christopher A. Ford, chief legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. He argues that although the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative depicts China’s strategic culture as essentially pacifistic and disinclined toward violence, its basic orientation is fundamentally realist.
Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific
Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.
The Politics of Healthcare
Tadataka Yamada (Takeda Pharmaceuticals) addresses the political and economic complexities of maintaining functional health systems as demographics shift and costs rise, offering a unique perspective on rethinking the role of hospitals and physicians, drawing on examples from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and Ethiopia.
Healthcare in India: A Call for Innovative Reform
To get more insight on the reforms needed to India’s healthcare, NBR spoke with Victoria Fan, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development who wrote her Harvard School of Public Health dissertation on health systems in India. Dr. Fan provides an assessment on the state of India’s health system, the potential for Universal Health Coverage, and how the changing nature of disease in India affects public health functions, among other key issues.
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Nationalism, Competition, and Diplomacy: Asia at the 2012 London Olympics
The 2012 Olympic Games, hosted in London, will provide a different arena in which to examine Asia and global politics. To learn more about the significance of these games, NBR spoke with Victor Cha (Georgetown University), about the increased prominence of Asian countries at the Olympics and what he expects from the London games.