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February 2015

China’s New Silk Road

Commentary

Launched by President Xi Jinping in 2013, China’s initiative to build a Silk Road economic belt signals a new era of integration between China and its Central Asian neighbors in support of Beijing’s growing regional influence. In this NBR Commentary, Nadège Rolland, Senior Project Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR, examines the economic and strategic prospects for the initiative.

February 2015

China’s Energy Hedging Strategy: Less Than Meets the Eye for Russian Gas Pipelines

Essays

Amy Myers Jaffe, Kenneth Medlock III, and Meghan O’Sullivan argue that, despite the rhetoric, Russia’s pivot to Asia is unlikely to result in a grand energy-based strategic alliance between China and Russia.

February 2015

Sri Lanka’s Election: A New Path Forward

Policy Q&A

President Maithripala Sirisena’s surprise electoral victory has led to a re-evaluation of Sri Lanka’s political environment. Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insight into the significance of Sri Lanka’s change in leadership and assesses the potential impact on the country’s relationships with major regional powers.

February 2015

Myanmar’s Peace Process: Mediating Historic Distrust

Policy Q&A

Gum San Nsang, president of Kachin Alliance, discusses the current status of negotiations and explains what ethnics groups hope to achieve through the process. He argues that both the Myanmar government and military must commit to substantial institutional and political reforms in order to generate credibility for the difficult peace negotiations. He also makes the case for why a diverse group of international observers should be allowed to witness the ceasefire talks.

January 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Pathway for U.S. Energy Exports to Japan

Essays

Can one of the Asia-Pacific’s strongest alliances also make good on its potential for expanded energy trade? Tom Cutler (Cutler International, LLC) examines the outlook for increased U.S.-Japan trade in coal, oil, and LNG and what role the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) might have in expanding the U.S.-Japan energy relationship.

January 2015

Introduction: Dangerous Dynamism in Asia’s Nuclear Future

Christopher P. Twomey

Roundtables

This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future."

January 2015

Nuclear Stability and Polarity in Post-Cold War Asia

Rajesh Basrur

Roundtables

This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future."

January 2015

The Utility of Nuclear and Conventional Forces in the Second Nuclear Age: A Japanese Military Perspective

Noboru Yamaguchi

Roundtables

This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future."

January 2015

China’s Development of a More Secure Nuclear Second-Strike Capability: Implications for Chinese Behavior and U.S. Extended Deterrence

Benjamin Schreer

Roundtables

This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future."

January 2015

The North Korean Nuclear Problem: Twenty Years of Crisis

Kang Choi

Roundtables

This is one of seven essays in the roundtable "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future."

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