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July 2017

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

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


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.

December 2015

Cheap Oil in the Asia-Pacific: Implications for Energy and Environmental Security


This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2015

Iran’s Year to Come in from the Cold


The beginning of 2015 will be a critical period for determining Iran’s future position in the international community. While negotiations over the country’s nuclear program will be closely watched, militant activities in Iraq, the possibility of new U.S. sanctions, and cooperation with Asian countries on energy will be other important issues to follow carefully.

December 2014

Approaching Critical Mass: Asia’s Multipolar Nuclear Future

Aaron L. Friedberg, Rajesh Basrur, Christopher P. Twomey, Noboru Yamaguchi, P.K. Singh, Kang Choi and Benjamin Schreer


Is the world approaching "critical mass," a point at which the number and size of nuclear arsenals and the dangers associated with them will grow with explosive speed? In this roundtable, leading scholars discuss the nuclear security environment in Asia and draw implications both for U.S. policy and the international order.

September 2014

Japan’s Response to Its New Energy Security Challenges

Tsutomu Toichi


This is one of four essays in the NBR Special Report "Adapting to a New Energy Era: Maximizing Potential Benefits for the Asia-Pacific."

September 2014

The United States’ Military Posture toward the Middle East: Potential Drivers of Change

Roy Kamphausen


This is one of four essays in the NBR Special Report "Adapting to a New Energy Era: Maximizing Potential Benefits for the Asia-Pacific."

September 2014

Forging a New Strategy for U.S., Japanese, and Asian Energy Security

Mikkal E. Herberg


This is one of four essays in the NBR Special Report "Adapting to a New Energy Era: Maximizing Potential Benefits for the Asia-Pacific."

October 2013

Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions: Motivations, Trajectory, and Global Implications

Robert Reardon

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter assesses Iran’s potential to develop nuclear weapons, the nature of its nuclear decision-making, and the possible consequences and policy implications of Iran’s nuclear choices.

December 2012

Balancing Rivals: India’s Tightrope between Iran and the United States

Julie M. Super and Harsh V. Pant


Through an analysis of India’s bilateral relationship with both countries, this article maintains that Indian interests, rather than U.S. pressure, will largely determine India’s foreign policy toward Iran. Although relations with Washington are valuable to New Delhi, India will maintain its emphasis on strategic autonomy and continue to walk a tightrope between Iran and the United States.

September 2012

The Geopolitics of Asia’s Rising Oil and Gas Demand: Conclusions and Implications for the United States

Mikkal E. Herberg


The essays, discussions, and analysis from this year’s Energy Security Program offer a wide range of perspectives on Asia’s booming oil and gas demand, as well as on the effect of the region’s inevitably growing role in global energy geopolitics. The choices that Asian stakeholders make about how to manage their energy needs will have vital implications both for U.S. energy security and for broader U.S. strategic power and posture in the Middle East.

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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
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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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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
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
Hooman Peimani
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
Letha Tawney
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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