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August 2015

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections

Commentary

Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

June 2015

Voices from the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit: Health and the Environment

Expert Voices

May 29, 2015, NBR hosted an on-the-record media roundtable discussion in Beijing, China, as part of the 2015 Pacific Energy Summit. combating pollution, developing renewables and sustainable energy mixes, and the role of government in protecting health and energy security. Listen to audio and read select highlights.

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

A New Year of Apprehension in Myanmar

Commentary

Complications over the upcoming general elections, stagnating peace negotiations, widespread land confiscations, and the treatment of ethnic minority groups have reinforced U.S. concerns that 2015 could witness an unraveling of Myanmar’s reform process.

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.

November 2014

Myanmar: What Is Next for Business Engagement?

Commentary

In this new commentary, Erin Murphy and James Clad draw on their extensive knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region to offer unique insight into what’s to come for foreign business engagement in Myanmar.

November 2014

Previewing President Obama’s Trip to Myanmar for the East Asia Summit

Commentary

This commentary analyzes the potential impact President Obama’s trip to Myanmar will have on the future of the United States’ Myanmar policy and relations between the two countries.

July 2014

A Green Vision vs. a Brown Outlook: The Future of ASEAN’S Energy Mix

Xunpeng Shi and Xunpeng Shi

Paper

This working paper assesses competing outlooks for ASEAN's energy mix—highlighting the paradox of its fossil fuel-dominated outlook when contrasted with its aspirations to move toward a greener energy mix—and reviews regional energy security strategies using the SWOT analysis method to evaluate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

July 2014

Achieving the Promise of the ASEAN Economic Community

James Wallar and James Wallar

Paper

This paper provides a snapshot of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it seeks to promote trade and investment within and outside the region and create an ASEAN Economic Community.

July 2014

Myanmar's Financial Integration

Koji Kubo

Commentary

Koji Kubo (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization) argues that both the United States and Myanmar must take steps to strengthen Myanmar’s formal payment and settlement system, which will be a critical factor for the country’s future economic growth and successful integration into the global economy.

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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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