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November 2016

Realpolitik with Chinese Characteristics: Chinese Strategic Culture and the Modern Communist Party-State

Christopher A. Ford

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the official narrative and ongoing scholarly debates about Chinese strategic culture and assesses the influence of this strategic culture on China’s international behavior.

August 2016

Declaring Consistent Commitments: U.S. Maritime Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Admiral Jonathan Greenert (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations, discusses U.S. maritime and security interests in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations on how to maintain regional stability and ensure commitments to allies in an interview with NBR.

August 2016

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente

Policy Q&A

To better understand the nuances of the developing relationship between Russia and China, NBR spoke with Alexander Gabuev (Carnegie Moscow Center) about Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, a natural gas agreement signed in May 2014, and long-term prospects for the Sino-Russian entente.

July 2016

India and China at Sea: A Contest of Status and Legitimacy in the Indian Ocean

David Brewster, Abhijit Singh, Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Raja Menon, Rory Medcalf, Zhu Li, Darshana M. Baruah, John W. Garver and You Ji


This Asia Policy roundtable brings together leading scholars and practitioners from India, China, the United States, and Australia to better understand Indian and Chinese perspectives about their respective roles and relationships in the Indo-Pacific maritime domain.

July 2016

The ADMM-Plus and the Future of Defense Diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific

Ken Jimbo, Udai Bhanu Singh, Siew Mun Tang, David Capie, Brendan Taylor, Lee Jaehyon, Victor Sumsky, See Seng Tan, Kurt Leffler and Penghong Cai


This Asia Policy roundtable examines the strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities of the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) from the perspectives of ASEAN and the eight Plus countries—Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and the United States.

July 2016

A Global People's Liberation Army: Possibilities, Challenges, and Opportunities

Kristen Gunness and Oriana Skylar Mastro


This article assesses the factors shaping whether China will develop significant military expeditionary capabilities, the conditions under which Chinese leaders may decide to use the military outside East Asia, and implications for the U.S.

July 2016

China’s Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy

Timothy R. Heath


This article argues that China’s approach to economic diplomacy following the global financial crisis, while designed to improve the country’s competitiveness, has weakened the role that trade and investment have traditionally played in restraining tensions with the U.S.

June 2016

Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future

Policy Q&A

Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.

May 2016

What Do China’s Military Reforms Mean for Taiwan?


Phillip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow (Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University) discuss the implications of recent People's Liberation Army reforms on Taiwan

April 2016

Stepping Up Investments in U.S.-China Relations: Making People-to-People Exchange a Strategic Priority

Zhao Minghao and Travis Tanner


This essay examines people-to-people (P2P) exchange between the U.S. and China and argues that this mechanism can serve as a vehicle to increase collaboration and reduce tension between the two countries on issues related to national security concerns.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
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Electricity at the Right Price
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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