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December 2014

2014 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future

Conference, Project, and Program Publications

On June 30-July 1, over 200 high-level participants from across the Asia-Pacific convened in Seoul, South Korea, for the 2014 Pacific Energy Summit to find solutions to the region's energy and environmental challenges. The Summit Report presents the findings of this invitation-only event and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue complementary strategies for achieving the goal of a clean and abundant energy future.

December 2014

Making India an Attractive Investment Destination: Analyzing FDI Policy and Challenges


Pravakar Sahoo (Delhi University) examines India’s foreign direct investment (FDI) policies and highlights challenges for foreign investors and the efforts that the Modi government has taken to improve its policies.

December 2014

The Rise and Persistence of Strategic Hedging across Asia: A System-Level Analysis

Van Jackson

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter from Strategic Asia 2014–15 analyzes the trend of Asian governments adopting hedging strategies and draws implications for U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific.

December 2014

Seeking Alliances and Partnerships: The Long Road to Confederationism in U.S. Grand Strategy

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter from Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power reviews how the U.S. came to treat alliances and partnerships as essential instruments of its quest for hegemony over time, what tasks U.S. alliances performed in the past, and how their functions promise to mutate in the future.

November 2014

Resourcing India’s Future: Addressing Challenges in Healthcare, Innovation, and Public Policy

Policy Q&A

Anup Malani (University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine) offers insights into efforts to strengthen India’s healthcare sector and discusses how U.S.-India collaboration can facilitate the innovation needed to achieve the Modi administration’s ambitious targets.

September 2014

Modi’s Visit to the United States: A Turning Point for the U.S.-India Relationship?

Thomas Pickering

Policy Q&A

Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit, how both sides will seek to approach their objectives for the visit, and opportunities for moving forward. He argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.

August 2014

India in a South Asian Context: Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors

Nilanthi Samaranayake and Nilanthi Samaranayake

Policy Q&A

Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insights on the significance of Modi’s outreach to other South Asian leaders, discusses key issues for the new government in this engagement, and explains how India’s regional efforts are viewed by other countries in Asia, particularly China.

July 2014

Strengthening the U.S.-India Relationship

Richard J. Ellings


In this report, Richard J. Ellings, President of the National Bureau of Asian Research, examines the economic obstacles to a deeper strategic partnership between the two countries. He argues that if these challenges are addressed in ways that enhance each nation's interests in economic development, the United States and India are positioned to collaborate more effectively on a broader set of international political and security questions.

July 2014

Polar Pursuits: Asia Engages the Arctic

Leiv Lunde, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Young Kil Park, Aki Tonami, Lawson Brigham, Katarzyna Zysk, Kai Sun, Ian Storey, P. Whitney Lackenbauer and James Kraska


The ten essays in this Asia Policy roundtable are intended to illuminate the motivations and objectives of the new Asian observers and the reactions of the Arctic Council member states in an effort to understand the risks of geopolitical competition as well as the prospects of a maritime and energy renaissance in Arctic waters as the ice recedes.

July 2014

India's 2014 Budget: Enduring Challenges and New Responses

Pravakar Sahoo

Policy Q&A

Pravakar Sahoo from India's Institute of Economic Growth, currently Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the University of Antwerp, elaborates on the policies presented in India's 2014 budget and the reforms the Modi government is seeking to implement in the current fiscal year.

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