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January 2018

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


This article examines Vietnam’s warfighting capabilities for defending its disputed claims with China in the South China Sea.

January 2018

Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: One-Year Economic Performance Review


Chen-Dong Tso and Gratiana Jung evaluate the economic performance of the New Southbound Policy during its first year while also outlining the existing structure of investment and trade between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.

January 2018

The Migration of Labor between Taiwan and Southeast Asia: Changing Policies


Ji-Ping Lin discusses Taiwan’s current and past immigration policies and highlights their political, economic, social, and cultural impacts now and into the future.

January 2018

Repositioning Taiwan in Southeast Asia: Strategies to Enhance People-to-People Connectivity


Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Alan H. Yang discuss the ways that enhanced people-to-people connections between Taiwan and Southeast Asia continue to foster strong regional links and create opportunities for integration of ideas and values.

January 2018

Rediscovering an Old Relationship: Taiwan and Southeast Asia's Long, Shared History


Ja Ian Chong (National University of Singapore) examines how the Taiwan-Southeast Asia relationship has evolved over time and highlights the historical continuity of linkages between Taiwan and the region.

November 2017

Power and Ideas in the Making of Strategy

Ashley J. Tellis

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter analyzes the variables that shape a country’s grand and national military strategies and discusses their implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

July 2017

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

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


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

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


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

July 2017

2016 Pacific Energy Summit Report: Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition


The 2016 Summit Report presents the findings of this invitation-only event and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific.

June 2017

The Upcoming Cambodian Election and U.S.-Cambodian Ties under the Trump Administration

Policy Q&A

On June 4, Cambodia will hold commune elections. To better understand the significance and political climate surrounding the upcoming elections and to discuss the current state of U.S.-Cambodian ties under the Trump administration, NBR spoke with John D. Ciorciari (University of Michigan).

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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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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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