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China’s 19th Party Congress

Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years.

Civil-Military “Rules of the Game” on the Eve of China’s 19th Party Congress

Andrew Scobell (RAND) assesses the position of the PLA on the eve of the 19th Party Congress—scheduled to begin October 18—and challenges conventional assumptions about civil-military relations in the PRC.

Taiwan Sees Its Cyber Capabilities as the Hard Reality of Soft Power

The current administration in Taiwan has significantly increased its focus on enhancing the island’s cyber capabilities, committing greater resources to developing cyber infrastructure and fostering homegrown talent.

Hydropower in the Greater Mekong Subregion

Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby (Stimson Center) explain the complexities of the region's power sector as countries are turning to the Mekong River to power their growing economies and expand energy access.

Russia-China Relations

As closer cooperation between Russia and China poses a growing challenge to the U.S.-led order, a new NBR Special Report assesses the trajectory of Sino-Russian relations and draws implications for the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Code of Conduct Framework for the South China Sea

Ian Storey (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) lays out the contents of the framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea as recently agreed to by ASEAN and China. Storey highlights the issues left unaddressed as well as remaining points of ambiguity.


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Strategic Asia 2017–18 Available for Pre-order

Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (forthcoming November 2017) identifies how Asia’s major powers have developed military strategies to address their most significant challenges. Read the overview chapter or download the Executive Brief.

Bangladesh’s Climate Change Challenge

Ashley Johnson (NBR) discusses three heavily emphasized concerns expressed by policymakers in Bangladesh—disaster relief, community stability, and food security—and some of the proposed methods to adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.

Chinese Government Support for New Energy Vehicles as a Trade Battleground

Marika Heller (Crumpton Group) examines China's policies supporting the development of new energy vehicles and their impact on foreign auto firms operating within China. She argues that a trade crisis between the United States and China could stem from the auto industry.

Unlocking the Black Box: Keys to Information Dissemination into North Korea

Jieun Baek (University of Oxford) offers insights on information dissemination, an alternative tool that governments and NGOs could use to undermine the North Korean regime’s information blockade and thus increase the space for change from within.

North Korea and Asia's Evolving Nuclear Landscape: Challenges to Regional Stability

The progress of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs has been surprisingly rapid. Reports in July of the country’s first successful test of an ICBM stirred a new sense of urgency in the U.S. and across Northeast Asia. This report analyzes the factors shaping the evolving nuclear landscape in Asia.

Testimony on Restricting North Korea's Access to Finance

John Park (NBR Senior Advisor) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs at a hearing entitled "Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea." Read his prepared remarks and watch the webcast.

Harnessing the Wind in China

NBR spoke with Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University) to understand the complexities of China’s wind energy industry and the challenges facing the diversification of energy production.

The Recent Election in Mongolia

Given the increasingly close Sino-Russian relationship, Mongolia may prove to be helpful in guarding and enhancing U.S. interests in Asia. Alicia Campi (Johns Hopkins SAIS) discusses the policy and security implications of the recent Mongolian presidential election and the best course of action for the United States.

Asia Policy 24 (July 2017)

Topics in this issue include Asia-Pacific perspectives regarding relations with the U.S. under the Trump administration, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, U.S. policy options in the South China Sea, Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense, and Japan’s new security policies and politics.

Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition

This report presents findings from the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit series and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific. It details key insights from this year-long initiative, including a high-level event held in Singapore.

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