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March 2017

Benjamin Shobert Testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (March 16, 2017)


On March 16, 2017, NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at a Hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology."

March 2017

Expert Voices: The Future of U.S.–Korean Peninsula Relations amid Changes in Leadership

Expert Voices

From North Korea's provocative missile launches to South Korea's impeachment and removal of president Park Geun-hye from office, the Korean Peninsula has made prominent headlines during a time when the United States enters a new stage of diplomacy in the region. Excerpts from a forthcoming NBR Special Report reflect the continuity of U.S. and South Korean interests amid leadership changes in both countries.

February 2017

NBR Voices and Resources: Assessing the Impact of the North Korean Missile Test

Expert Voices

NBR conducts in-depth research on North Korea and nuclear security in Northeast Asia. The January 2017 issue of Asia Policy and recent NBR Special Reports offer timely analysis on relevant issues.

February 2017

NBR Voices: The Abe-Trump Summit in Washington, D.C.

Expert Voices

Insights from NBR experts identify the central challenges for the U.S.-Japan relationship and offer context for those tracking Prime Minister Abe's visit to meet with President Trump in Washington, D.C.

February 2017

Pacific Trilateralism: A New Narrative of Cooperation


This workshop report examines ongoing challenges and explores promising areas for the three countries to address emerging traditional and nontraditional threats.

February 2017

Secretary James Mattis's Visit to South Korea and Japan

Online Resource

As Secretary of Defense James Mattis met with senior officials in both countries, he reassured these two critical allies of the United States' ongoing nuclear defense guarantee and security commitment. Read analysis on these and other issues related to the visit.

January 2017

NBR Senior Advisor Nicholas Eberstadt Testifies on North Korea Policy

Expert Voices

On January 31, 2017, Nicholas Eberstadt testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on "Confronting the North Korea Threat: Reassessing Policy Options." The subject of his testimony was "From "Engagement" to Threat Reduction: Moving toward a North Korea Policy That Works."

January 2017

Japan’s Coast Guard and Maritime Self-Defense Force in the East China Sea: Can a Black-and-White System Adapt to a Gray-Zone Reality?

Céline Pajon


This essay examines the need for growing coordination between the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to better cope with gray-zone situations.

January 2017

The Failure of Maritime Sanctions Enforcement against North Korea

Robert Huish


This article examines the ineffectiveness of current sanctions on marine traffic into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by identifying four weaknesses that allow traffic there to continue: flags of convenience, misidentification or false registration, offshore ownership, and shell-firm owners, managers, and insurers.

January 2017

The North Korean Nuclear Threat: Regional Perspectives on a Nuclear-Free Peninsula

Chung-in Moon, Ren Xiao, Yasuhiro Izumikawa, Van Jackson and Andrei Lankov


The United States and East Asian states have tried various methods to compel North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, but no successful formula has emerged. This Asia Policy roundtable contains five essays that examine the relationships between North Korea and China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States and assess the prospects for denuclearization.

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