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The KORUS FTA and U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

Re-examining Critical Links between Taiwan and Southeast Asia

As the Tsai administration implements its New Southbound Policy, this briefing series explores the traditional and nontraditional dimensions of Taiwan's strategic ties with Southeast Asia and how these links are evolving in the absence of formal diplomatic relations.

The Strategic Implications of Russia-China Relations

This roundtable offers regional perspectives on the implications that heightened Sino-Russian cooperation might have for the global system as well as on what closer Sino-Russian cooperation means for neighboring countries in Central and Northeast Asia.

Can Vietnam's Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman (RAND) argues that Washington and Hanoi should deepen their burgeoning defense partnership and seek specific areas of cooperation in the defense and military spheres to ensure that Vietnam stands a better chance in a significant military confrontation with China. 

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The Outlook for Asia's LNG Market

Leslie Palti-Guzman (Rapidan Energy Group) discusses the impact of Chinese demand for LNG, the outlook for markets in South Asia, South Korea's proposal to phase out nuclear energy, and challenges to constructing the infrastructure needed to support growing LNG demand.

The Case for U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateralism: Strengths and Limitations

A new NBR Special Report on the U.S.-ROK-Japan relationship examines several case studies of trilateralism and offers concrete recommendations for strengthening trilateral cooperation in four key areas: regional security, nontraditional security, energy security, and the emerging domains of space and cybersecurity.

Reconstructing Taiwan's Military Strategy

In a new report from the Strategic Asia Program, David An (Global Taiwan Institute) examines the drivers of Taiwan’s military strategy. He argues that this strategy is designed first and foremost to deal with the threat posed by China and has evolved to encompass not only "resolute defense" but also "multi-domain deterrence."

China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States

Charles W. Boustany Jr. and Richard J. Ellings examine the implications of China's rise and call on the U.S. to address the domestic bases for national power and to reassume a leadership role in Asia by executing a grand strategy that is fully cognizant of political, historical, economic, and strategic realities.

Japanese Maritime Assistance: A Status Quo Plus

Kerry Lynn Nankivell (Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies) explains why Japan’s institutional and political contexts militate against unilateralism or militarism, even as Japan expands its maritime security capacity to deal with the new strategic reality at sea.

Asia’s Energy Security and China's Belt and Road Initiative

This NBR Special Report examines the enormous range of China’s activities under the Belt and Road Initiative and analyzes the implications for the Eurasian continental and maritime energy environment.

Nadège Rolland Testifies before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

On January 25, NBR Senior Fellow Nadège Rolland spoke on Panel I: Mercantilism with Chinese Characteristics: Creating Markets and Cultivating Influence at the USCC hearing "China's Belt and Road Initiative: Five Years Later." Read her prepared remarks and access the video.

Admiral Dennis C. Blair Testifies before the House Financial Services Committee

On Tuesday, January 9, Admiral Dennis C. Blair testified at a public hearing before the Financial Services Committee on "Evaluating CFIUS: Challenges Posed by a Changing Global Economy." Read his prepared remarks and view the webcast.

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security

Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region.

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) discusses the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.

Podcast: Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

Listen as Strategic Asia editors Ashley Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) and Michael Wills (NBR) discuss the newest volume in the series, Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee

At the conclusion of the 19th Party Congress, Xi Jinping introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) offers insight on who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

ASIA POLICY (January 2018)


The Strategic Implications of Russia-China Relations

Angela Stent, Yu Bin, Alexander Lukin, Tomohiko Uyama, Hiroshi Yamazoe, and Robert Sutter


China and the Strategic Imperative for the United States

Charles Boustany and Richard J. Ellings


The CCP's Use of Homophonous Pen Names

David Gitter and Leah Fang

Can Vietnam’s Military Stand Up to China in the South China Sea?

Derek Grossman


Terence Roehrig's Japan, South Korea, and the United States Nuclear Umbrella: Deterrence After the Cold War

Daniel Sneider, Zack Cooper, Se Young Jang, and Terence Roehrig

NBR is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy (CITS). The Center will provide ongoing outreach to leaders from both industry and policy, especially on Capitol Hill. The mission of the Center is to invigorate the U.S. economy through smart trade that spurs innovation, creates jobs, increases competitiveness, and strengthens U.S. security and diplomatic relations by informing and empowering decision-makers in government, business, and the wider policy milieu.

Learn more about the Center's key research priorities.

Former Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD, is the Center's inaugural chair holder.

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