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November 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: What It Is, How It Is Perceived, and Implications for Energy Geopolitics

Michael Kugelman


This essay assesses the scale and energy dimensions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), identifies key obstacles, and discusses the implications for energy geopolitics.

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.

January 2017

Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition

Michael Clarke, David Shambaugh, Brian Harding, Sue Mi Terry, Richard C. Bush, Ashley J. Tellis, Teresita C. Schaffer, Kimberly Marten and Sheila A. Smith


Bilateral relationships in Asia present major opportunities and challenges for the new U.S. administration. This roundtable contains nine essays analyzing key U.S. relationships in the region—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identifying the most salient current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad.

December 2016

Pakistan's Strategic Culture: Implications for How Pakistan Perceives and Counters Threats

C. Christine Fair


This report analyzes four key concepts undergirding the Pakistan Army’s strategic culture and considers the implications for U.S. and Indian efforts to manage the threat from Pakistan.

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.

February 2016

Pakistan’s Complex Security Dynamics: Conclusions and Outlook

Vivek Katju


This is the conclusion of the report "Mapping Pakistan's Internal Dynamics: Implications for State Stability and Regional Security

February 2016

Pakistan’s Internal Security Environment

C. Christine Fair


This essay diachronically analyzes data on political violence in Pakistan to demonstrate the historical nature of the problem; provides a brief discussion of the most important violent groups; discusses the various obstacles that will prevent Pakistan from undertaking the necessary reforms to secure its citizens; and concludes with a discussion of the policy implications that derive from this analysis.

February 2016

Pakistan’s Relations with Afghanistan and Implications for Regional Politics

Vanda Felbab-Brown


This essay discusses the long-term and current relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the intertwined militancy in the two countries, and the impact of India, the United States, China, and other regional powers on the Pakistan-Afghanistan relationship.

February 2016

Pakistan’s Nuclear Proliferation and Its Impact on International and Regional Security

Dipankar Banerjee


This essay examines Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program and the challenges it poses for regional and international security.

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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
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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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