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November 2015

Assessing National Power in Asia

Ashley J. Tellis

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter explains how three distinct conceptions of power—as resources, ability, and outcomes—informed the framework of this study and presents an overview of each chapter in the volume.

November 2015

China’s National Power: A Colossus with Iron or Clay Feet?

Nadège Rolland

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the foundations of China’s national power: its national resources, national performance, and military capabilities.

November 2015

Fact Sheet: 2015 Taiwan-China Meeting

Policy Brief

On November 7, Chinese president Xi Jinping will meet with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore. This is the first-ever meeting between the respective leaders of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of China (ROC). This fact sheet provides background on relevant issues.

September 2015

Building a New Type of U.S.-China Military-to-Military Relationship

Policy Q&A

Major General Yao Yunzhu, director of the Center on China-America Defense Relations at the PLA’s Academy of Military Science, discusses the recent positive developments in U.S.-China military-to-military relations.

August 2015

India's Accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Policy Q&A

In this Q&A, NBR speaks with former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan, a senior fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, to better understand what SCO enlargement means for India.

August 2015

The 2015 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Review

Policy Q&A

In June 2015, the United States and China convened the seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. In this Q&A, Malcolm R. Lee of the Brookings Institution analyzes the main outcomes of the dialogue in light of China’s stock market instability, serious market access concerns, major cyberattacks, territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

July 2015

Nicholas R. Lardy's Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China

Charles W. Freeman III, Joseph Fewsmith, Michael Pettis, Kellee S. Tsai, Nicholas R. Lardy and Yukon Huang

Book Review Roundtable

In this book review roundtable, five experts discuss Nicholas R. Lardy's "Markets over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China," followed by a response essay from the author.

July 2015

The Future of "Rule According to Law" in China

Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, Carl Minzner, Stanley Lubman, Donald Clarke, Ling Li and Jacques deLisle


This Asia Policy roundtable contains six essays that discuss the Fourth Plenum’s focus on legal reform and its effects on the relationship between the CCP and the judicial system.

July 2015

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Assessing the Operational Value of Engaging PLA Leadership

James P. Nolan


This article examines if trust can be established between U.S. and Chinese military leaders and what operational value can be derived from those personal relationships.

July 2015

Conclusion: Stronger and More Professional Courts—But Still Under Party Control

Stanley Lubman


This essay is part of the roundtable "The Future of 'Rule According to Law' in China."

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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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U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power

Strategic Asia 2014–15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships at the Center of Global Power examines the trajectories of U.S. alliance and partner relationships in the Indo-Pacific in light of the region’s shifting strategic landscape.

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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
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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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