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Q&As: The National Asia Research Program

November 2011

U.S. Joins East Asia Summit: Implications for Regional Cooperation

Policy Q&A

Following the APEC and ASEAN meetings, the 2012 East Asia Summit provides opportunity to advance regional cooperation. In an interview with NBR, NARP scholar Anne Marie Murphy describes the EAS agenda, implications for host-country Indonesia, and the significance of formally including the United States for the first time.

October 2011

Japan’s Debt Challenge

Policy Q&A

William W. Grimes, an expert on Japan’s economics, provides insight into the Japan’s debt dilemma, including what measures the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) could take to help reduce the level of government debt. Grimes is a Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, and is a Research Associate for the National Asia Research Program.

October 2011

China’s Response to a Rising India

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with M. Taylor Fravel, Strategic Asia contributing author and associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who argues that China views India’s rise as a largely positive development that promotes China’s own interests and objectives more than it threatens or challenges them.

September 2011

Japan’s Evolving Space Program

Policy Q&A

In an interview with NBR, National Asia Research Associate Saadia Pekkanen examines Japan’s evolving program and places it in the context of other regional space programs. Pekkanen is the Job & Gertrud Tamaki Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of Interntational Studies at the University of Washington.

July 2011

A Way Forward in U.S.-India Defense Cooperation

Policy Q&A

In an interview with NBR, Dr. Stephen P. Cohen and Professor Sunil Dasgupta argue that India rejected offers from U.S. companies for the recent fighter jet bid due to worries over supply reliability. They also maintain that to move defense cooperation forward, the United States and India should consider co-developing weapons technology to bypass U.S. legislative restrictions on technology transfers.

June 2011

One Year After Ethnic Riots in Kyrgyzstan: What Has Changed?

Policy Q&A

Central Asia scholar Eric McGlinchey, a National Asia Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at George Mason University describes current conditions in Kyrgyzstan as encouraging. Although some troubling factors still remain, the outlook for Kyrgyzstan has greatly improved since the 2010 riots. This Q&A builds on Dr. McGlinchey’s article in Asia Policy 12, “Exploring Regime Instability and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan.”

May 2011

After bin Laden, Still No Choice for U.S. with Pakistan

Policy Q&A

The U.S.-Pakistan relationship has received renewed attention in both countries after U.S. Navy Seals raided a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, killing Osama bin Laden. C. Christine Fair, a National Asia Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, tells NBR that the increased attention does not necessarily mean that the fundamentals of the relationship have changed. She argues that the relationship leaves few options for the United States, which needs Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan.

March 2011

Japan's Post-Quake Economic Outlook: Recovery and Reconstruction

Policy Q&A

NBR spoke with National Asia Research Associate William W. Grimes (Boston University), an expert on the political economy of Japan and East Asia. Without downplaying the seriousness of events, Grimes explains that the economic repercussions may not be as bad as some had initially feared.

March 2011

After the Quake: Implications for Japan's Political Future

Policy Q&A

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan will have political effects for years to come. Though the disaster response is still ongoing, observers have begun to assess potential political implications from the response. NBR talked to Daniel Sneider (Stanford University), a National Asia Research Associate, on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, about the rapidly unfolding political events in Japan. He said partisan politics may be temporarily subsiding, and new leaders could emerge.

   



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