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Q&As: Society & Culture

November 2017

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

Policy Q&A

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.

August 2017

Unlocking the Black Box: Keys to Information Dissemination into North Korea

Policy Q&A

Jieun Baek (University of Oxford) offers insights on information dissemination, an alternative tool that governments and NGOs could use to undermine the North Korean regime’s information blockade and thus increase the space for change from within.

November 2016

The Legacy of Nehruvianism and the Implications for India’s Strategic Culture

Policy Q&A

Ian Hall, a professor of international relations at Griffith University, explains why India remains restrained in its international behavior even as its economic and military power continue to grow.

November 2016

Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Policy Q&A

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.

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

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.

April 2014

Building Social License: Harnessing the Environmental Impact Assessment for Social Capital

Policy Q&A

Brian Yates (SNC-Lavalin) examines the role of environmental impact assessments in acquiring social license. He addresses how they have evolved, how they can advance or derail efforts to gain social license, and how they function within Canada’s regulatory environment and the impact on Asian investment.

September 2013

The Politics of Healthcare

Health Q&A

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.

March 2013

Controlling the TB Epidemic in India and Globally: Innovations in New Tools and Delivery Approaches

Health Q&A

Dr. Madhukar Pai discusses promising recent developments in the global efforts to eliminate TB. He shares updates on significant breakthroughs in the field of diagnostics, a new FDA-approved TB drug, and renewed government efforts to work with the private sector on controlling TB in India, which struggles with the highest burden of TB in the world.

December 2012

Healthcare in India: A Call for Innovative Reform

Policy Q&A

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.

July 2012

Nationalism, Competition, and Diplomacy: Asia at the 2012 London Olympics

Policy Q&A

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.

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