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July 2017

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Views from along the Silk Road

Jessica Keough, Michael Clarke, Andrew Small, Harsh V. Pant, Ritika Passi, Sebastien Peyrouse, Meena Singh Roy, Nargis Kassenova and Hong Yu


In this Asia Policy roundtable, experts examine how Asian states that are affected by China’s Belt and Road Initiative view this strategy and its potential implications.

July 2017

Regional Perspectives on America’s Evolving Asia Policy

Jessica Keough, Xie Tao, Noboru Yamaguchi, Kang Choi, Ming Lee, Dmitri Trenin, Rajesh Rajagopalan, Moeed Yusuf, Joseph Chinyong Liow and Michael Wesley


This Asia Policy roundtable offers perspectives on U.S.-Asia relations from leading scholars and policy practitioners in select Asia-Pacific states.

July 2017

Beyond Imposing Costs: Recalibrating U.S. Strategy in the South China Sea

Joel Wuthnow


This essay assesses how U.S. strategy in the South China Sea can be optimized to retain military superiority while addressing the risk of instability resulting from a clash with China.

July 2017

Policy by Other Means: Collective Self-Defense and the Politics of Japan’s Postwar Constitutional Reinterpretations

Adam P. Liff


This article analyzes Japan’s 2014 landmark cabinet decision reinterpreting the constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense (CSD) in both a historical and a contemporary context and assesses its implications for the conditions under which Japan may use military force.

July 2017

Andrew L. Oros's Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century

Kenneth B. Pyle, Yuki Tatsumi, Nicholas Szechenyi, James E. Auer and Andrew L. Oros

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, experts discuss Andrew Oros’s recent book Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century.

July 2017

John Park Testifies before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade (July 19, 2017)


On July 19, 2017, John S. Park testified before the U. S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, at a hearing entitled " Restricting North Korea's Access to Finance." Dr. Park is a Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at NBR.

July 2017

Sino-Russian Security Ties

Richard Weitz


This essay analyzes the recent increase in Sino-Russian security ties by looking at a range of indicators, including arms sales, joint military exercises, and treaties, and discusses the impact on the U.S. and its allies.

July 2017

Chinese Perspectives on the Sino-Russian Relationship

Evan S. Medeiros and Michael S. Chase


This essay explores Chinese perspectives on the Sino-Russian relationship and considers the implications for U.S. policy.

July 2017

Russia’s China Policy: This Bear Hug Is Real

Eugene Rumer


This essay considers Russian-Chinese relations from the perspective of Russia, challenges some of the widely held assumptions about Russian foreign policy and its goals, examines the key drivers of Russian policy toward China, and concludes with implications for U.S. interests.

July 2017

Foreword: Russia-China Relations

Robert Sutter


This is the Foreword to the NBR Special Report "Russia-China Relations Assessing Common Ground and Strategic Fault Lines."

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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Course Reader: Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

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in the Asia-Pacific

The latest volume in the Strategic Asia series examines how the region's major powers are building their national power as geopolitical competition intensifies. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes a country’s economic, technological, human, and natural resources and assesses how well its political system translates those capabilities into military and diplomatic power.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
Scott Kennedy, Richard P. Suttmeier and Jun Su
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
Richard P. Suttmeier, Xiangkui Yao and Alex Zixiang Tan
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
Richard P. Suttmeier and Xiangkui Yao
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Regional Economic Implications of DPRK Security Behavior: The “Bold Switchover” Conference
Conference Report
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Preparing for Future Disasters: Strategic Assistance and the U.S.-Japan Alliance
Thomas B. Fargo, Noboru Yamaguchi, Ryo Sahashi, Kei Koga and Alison Szalwinski
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Vietnamese Translations

Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
Peter Hughes, Scott Hare, and Maite Pina
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
Nguyen Anh Tuan
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
Executive Summary Vietnamese

Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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