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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. Read a free chapter.

Rule of Law in China

In recent years, China’s Communist Party has spoken extensively about ruling the country according to law. China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

Singapore-China Relations and the East Asian Maritime Domain

Ja Ian Chong (NUS) assesses the current state of relations between China and Singapore, detailing the sources of tension in this key regional bilateral relationship and predicting diminishing returns to the city-state's fence-sitting strategy.

Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) explains how Taiwan’s perception of its "orphan" status in the international system shapes the island's strategic culture and approach to its relationships with China and the United States.

The Role of Congress in Managing U.S. Alliances

On March 29, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2017, a public discussion on Capitol Hill on how the 115th Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. Plenary speakers included Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and Congressman Ted Yoho.

Comrade Xi Meets Mister Trump: Summit or Base Camp?

In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago summit, William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers expectations for and outcomes of the meetings as well as what the Chinese people were and were not told. He assesses implications for U.S. policy going forward.

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Japan and the Sino-Russian Entente

This new NBR Special Report examines the shifting relations between Japan, China, and Russia and assesses how the emerging dynamics between these three countries could shape major-power relations in Northeast Asia and beyond.

The Impact of China’s “Belt and Road” on Asia’s Energy Security

On June 7, NBR and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will co-host NBR’s thirteenth annual Energy Security Workshop, “Asia’s Energy Security and China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative." Learn more.

The Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

As U.S.-ROK relations enter a period of uncertainty amid political transitions in both countries, a new NBR Special Report traces the contours of the alliance and offers U.S. and South Korean perspectives on the factors that will shape its future.

Gorton Center Discussion Series: International Trade & Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century

Please join us for a panel discussion with former Ambassador to China, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and former Governor of Washington Gary Locke, and Bill Bryant, former Seattle Port Commission President, former candidate for Governor of Washington in 2016, and CEO and President of Bryant Christie Inc.

2017 Update to the IP Commission Report

On February 27, 2017, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission) released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report. The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Commission members include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Adm. Dennis Blair, and Sen. Slade Gorton. Read the report update at

NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert Testifies on China's Pursuit of Biotechnology

On March 16, NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology." Read his prepared remarks and view the video.

Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism

Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Top experts examine shifts in global oil and LNG market outlooks, the geopolitical implications for the Asia-Pacific, and options for strengthening energy and environmental policy across the region in this new NBR Special Report.

Japan's Low-Carbon Transition

Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) speaks on the future of Japan's energy transition in the context of government efforts to promote renewables and electricity market deregulation.

Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

"The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is under extreme pressure and is struggling to manage its own production growth and control an internal battle for market share. Hence, anxieties over energy insecurity in Asia could return soon as oil markets tighten over the next several years. Recent history suggests that this adjustment could be very sharp and destabilizing."


"Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change"

The 2016 Energy Security Report is free to download for a limited time.

Learn more about NBR’s 2017 Energy Security Program Workshop and request an invitation.

South Korea's President-Elect Moon

"President-elect Moon has gained office riding a wave of demand for social justice and a reform of democratic governance in South Korea. These are the issues that are certain to consume his attention and that of voters. U.S. policymakers need to be mindful that the domestic factors that led to this shift in power in South Korea will remain paramount. That said, the return to power of South Korea’s progressives augurs a significant shift in several areas of policy that will have a clear impact on alliance relations with the United States."


"South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States"

Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)

In partnership with Sasakawa USA, NBR has launched an innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security that combines interactive mapping technology with analyses from leading maritime experts.

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