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India in the United States: Economic Engagement in the 21st Century

The impact on the U.S. economy of the investments and operations of Indian firms has been growing. Vinod Jain (India-U.S. World Affairs Institute) assesses the current status of Indian economic engagement in the United States, the contributions of the Indian-American and Indian diaspora communities to the U.S. economy, and prospects for future growth.

Perspectives on the Ukraine Crisis

In this roundtable, thought leaders and policy expects from key Asia-Pacific states comment on the crisis in Ukraine and the U.S. response. Contributing experts include Rory Medcalf, Brahma Chellaney, Alexander Chieh-cheng Huang, Tetsuo Kotani, and Seong-hyon Lee.

Learning from China: A Blueprint for the Future of Coal in Asia?

In advance of the 2014 Pacific Energy Forum, NBR spoke with Armond Cohen (Clean Air Task Force) to explore the implications of coal’s growing role in the fuel mix of China and ASEAN countries—as well as India—and assess the tools and policy options available to reduce the environmental impacts.

Three Years after the Triple Disaster

As Japan observes the third anniversary of the triple disaster that unfolded on March 11, 2011, NBR's research and initiatives address the far-reaching implications of the Tohoku crises for the country's energy policy and economy, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and other areas.

Myanmar and U.S. Relations in Southeast Asia

Senior policy experts at a December 2013 roundtable discussion examined the progress of Myanmar's reforms and considered how the reform process has affected the country’s relations with the United States, China, and ASEAN. Read a brief summary report.

Competition and Confrontation in the East China Sea

A roundtable with Bonnie Glaser (CSIS) and Mike Mochizuki (The George Washington University) examined the motives behind China’s actions in the East China Sea, Japan’s point of view, and the difficult position of the United States as an ally of Japan. Read a summary report.

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The Architecture of Asian Energy Security

In this advance draft from an upcoming NBR Special Report, Tom Cutler (Cutler International) traces the history of regional cooperation in Asia on energy security, compares various multilateral forums’ emergency planning arrangements for an oil disruption, and suggests that new and politically bold steps will be needed to strengthen Asia’s architecture for energy security.

Myanmar's Growing Regional Role

Myanmar’s ongoing political and economic reforms have paved the way for expanded engagement with Southeast Asia and the world. In this new NBR Special Report, leading experts explore the issues surrounding Myanmar’s re-emergence as a regional power and outline implications for U.S. policy.

The Globalization of China’s Life Sciences Industry

Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas) provides an analysis of Chinese government actions and policies that depart from international trade norms. She suggests that the country’s policies in life science R&D and drug commercialization may be as disruptive as they have been in clean technology.

TB in 2014: Reasons for Optimism and Vigilance

Despite substantial progress in preventing, diagnosing, and treating tuberculosis (TB), the disease continues to pose a grave threat to health in the Asia-Pacific and worldwide. In advance of World TB Day (March 24), NBR spoke with Dr. Mario Raviglione (World Health Organization) about recent developments in fighting this disease.

Competing Claims in the South China Sea

As part of a strategic initiative aimed at deepening understanding in Congress about U.S. interests in Southeast Asia, a group of senior policy experts addressed the nature of overlapping claims in the South China Sea and the implications for U.S. policy in the region. Read a brief summary report.

Chinese Foreign Policy and Nontraditional Waterborne Security

Discussions on the maritime component of China’s foreign policy often focus on traditional security issues. Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange demonstrate, however, that two cases of Beijing’s involvement in nontraditional waterborne security—the Gulf of Aden and the Mekong River—suggest important trends in how China’s foreign policy might be evolving.

Feeding a Billion: Agriculture and Food Security in India

Suresh Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute) examines the dynamics facing Indian agriculture as the country seeks to meet its food security needs while moving more of its workforce to the industrial and services sectors.

Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The Search for Security in the Heart of Asia

How will the ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan in late 2014 affect regional states and stakeholders? Comprising nine national and regional assessments, this Asia Policy roundtable examines regional countries’ strategic interests and priorities in Afghanistan in light of ISAF’s concluding mission.

Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) examines the ongoing freeze in the relationship between Japan and South Korea and argues that the United States should consider playing a more direct, mediating role.

Kenneth B. Pyle on the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Kenneth B. Pyle, Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Washington and Founding President of The National Bureau of Asian Research, is quoted in the April 21 Financial Times:

"There is fundamental change under way," says Kenneth Pyle, a Japan expert at the University of Washington. "And it is not driven just by the rise of China but also by the urge for greater autonomy and an end to the outright dependence on, and deference to, the U.S."

Under Mr. Abe, many of what Prof. Pyle calls the "self-binding policies" adopted by Japan after the war—no overseas military deployments or force projection, no arms exports, no sharing of defence-related technology—are being loosened. The prime minister has reversed a long decline in Japan’s defence budget and is working to change its security policy to allow so-called collective self-defence, meaning Japanese forces could fight on behalf of the U.S. and other allies in conflicts outside Japan. If his proposal is adopted, an alliance that has, in a sense, been an exchange of protection for territory—the U.S. agrees to defend Japan in return for well-placed Asian real estate for its bases—would become more like a mutual defence pact.

Read the Financial Times article: Asian Diplomacy: Pivotal Moment.

The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, "Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future," will take place on June 30-July 1 in Seoul. The Summit will provide a high-level assessment of the market trends, geopolitical developments, policy decisions, and technological innovations that will play a critical role in determining the energy and environmental outlook for the Asia-Pacific region. This is an invitation-only event.

Learn more and request an invitation.