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China's Latest Vaccine Scandal

The revelation that one of the China's largest domestic drug companies had falsified safety and inspection data on its rabies vaccine has ignited a major public health scandal in the country. NBR senior associate Benjamin Shobert analyzes the key factors at play in the scandal and assesses China’s way forward to address the problem.

Podcast: U.S. Energy Policy in Asia

Jonathan Elkind (Columbia University) and Clara Gillispie (NBR) discuss the role of energy in the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy, how countries in the region are responding, what U.S.-China trade tensions have to do with energy, and what they would like to see from the Trump administration's policies in the future.

China's Evolving Military Strategy against Taiwan

China's growing ambition in the Indo-Pacific poses a great challenge to the United States and its allies and partners in the region, especially Taiwan. In this Q&A, Bernard D. Cole discusses China’s evolving military strategy under Xi Jinping and assesses the implications for its force planning in the Taiwan Strait.

Japan’s Relations with Russia and China

Kazuhiko Togo (Kyoto Sangyo University) surveys Japan’s foreign policies toward China and Russia, and examines the impact of these policies on the United States and the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

Marc Lanteigne (Massey University Auckland) argues that while there will likely be closer cooperation between China and Russia in Arctic affairs for the foreseeable future, this relationship will be based on mutual economic benefit as opposed to a developing “northern alliance.”

Strengthening U.S.-Taiwan Defense Relations

Shirley Kan, Michael Mazza, Patrick Cronin, and Peter Mattis explore the components of contemporary U.S.-Taiwan defense relations and the path to a deeper partnership in this roundtable with a foreword by NBR's Shali Chair, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert.

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DC Event: Addressing Challenges in the Maritime Commons

On September 24, 2018, NBR’s John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies will host a public discussion on the global challenges that navies face in today’s maritime realm. The event, which will feature a panel of international navy chiefs, will highlight the maritime security situation in the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean as today's navies adapt to a diverse range of threats.

China-Russia Relations: Strategic Implications and U.S. Policy Options

Robert Sutter (George Washington University) provides an overview of the scope and implications of Sino-Russian relations, explains why Sino-Russian cooperation against U.S. interests has increased during the past decade, and examines U.S. policy options.

Tenets of a Regional Defense Strategy: Considerations for the Indo-Pacific

A new report by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the current John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies at NBR, provides an assessment of seven key countries in the Indo-Pacific and considers implications for U.S. security concerns.

Developments in Russian-Asian Energy Cooperation: Perspectives from South Korea

Keun-Wook Paik (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies) discusses the latest developments in Russian-Asian energy cooperation, provides the perspective from South Korea, and assesses the potential for future projects in the region.

Asia Policy 13.3 (July 2018)

Topics in this issue include the impact of sanctions on North Korea, civil-military relations in Indonesia, the effects of THAAD on Russia's strategic partnerships with China and South Korea, and Asia's LNG market. The issue also features a book review roundtable on Michael Green's By More Than Providence.

Event: The Emerging Russia-Asia Energy Axis

On July 17, NBR and the Wilson Center co-hosted NBR’s fourteenth annual Energy Security Workshop. Speakers included James Henderson (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies), Erica Downs (CNA Corporation), Shoichi Itoh (Institute for Energy Economics, Japan), and Jonathan Elkind (Columbia University).

Carbon Markets with Chinese Characteristics

China has launched pilot programs for emissions trading in major cities and the first phase of its nationwide carbon-trading market. Jackson Ewing (Duke University) explains the challenges and opportunities for Chinese policymakers as they seek to implement a nationally integrated emissions trading system.

Human Rights and National Security Objectives in North Korea

Dan Aum (NBR) and Michelle Cho (NBR) argue that human rights has been part of the Trump administration’s efforts to denuclearize North Korea, and explain how the United States could further take advantage of this overlooked linkage to advance both human rights and national security objectives.

Innovative Asia - Seoul Workshop Report

This new report presents findings and recommendations from a high-level workshop co-convened by NBR and the University of Seoul to examine South Korea’s economic and public health outlook and explored opportunities for enhanced U.S.-ROK cooperation.

Japan's Healthcare Strategy: In Support of a New Mandate for Japan’s Chief Medical Officer

Ryo Kubota (Acucela, Keio University) discusses why greater strategic leadership will be required for Japan to address its healthcare challenges and explains how a new mandate for the country's chief medical officer could address that need.

India’s Evolving Foreign Policy in Light of China’s Regional Ambitions

India’s contentious relations with China have pushed the country toward greater cooperation with the United States and regional partners. Jeff Smith (Heritage Foundation) discusses Indian foreign policy and how New Delhi might strike a balance between autonomy and cooperation.

Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances

Daniel C. Sneider (Stanford University) writes that the spectacle of the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president should not obscure essential realities within the region. He argues that the United States should follow up the unconventional diplomacy in Singapore with careful attention to managing our alliances with South Korea and Japan.

The Unthinkable with North Korea: A Tilt at the Fulcrum of World Power?

Richard J. Ellings (NBR) argues that North Korea and the United States share strategic interests in checking a rising China and outlines steps that the United States could take to exploit this opportunity prudently. He contends that complete denuclearization now is neither realistic nor in America’s and its allies’ interests.

Asia Insight Podcast: The Trump-Kim Summit

Nick Eberstadt (American Enterprise Institute) discusses his key takeaways from the Trump-Kim summit, analyzes what the summit means for U.S. allies and other stakeholders in the region, and explains what he’d like to see from the Trump administration moving forward.

The Future of Asia’s Natural Gas Market: The Need for a Regional LNG Hub

In this advance Asia Policy article, Leslie Palti-Guzman (GasVista) examines how the LNG market functions in Asia and presents the case for developing a regional trading hub. She argues that a hub would not only improve the efficiency of the Asian gas market but also enhance energy security and facilitate greener economic development, among other benefits.

Putin and Russia's Strategic Priorities

"The Kremlin prioritizes external challenges on the basis of how much it sees them (correctly or not) as supporting (or even creating) an internal threat to Putin. First and foremost among these challenges are the United States and the West more broadly."

—MARK N. KATZ in Strategic Asia 2017–18

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The IP Commission has released a new set of policy recommendations as the Trump administration considers appropriate actions in its Section 301 investigation of China's involvement in the theft of American IP and forced technology transfer.

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"We urge the administration to adopt these recommendations and place the protection of our nation's intellectual property at the top of U.S. national security concerns, starting with overhauling CFIUS [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States]."

Co-chair of the IP Commission

"We must establish a strong, coordinated national strategy to combat the theft of our nation's intellectual property. The United States' past policy responses have been too slow, too weak, and too unstructured to stop the hemorrhaging of our intellectual property to foreign entities seeking to capitalize from our hard work, research, discoveries, and inventions."

Executive Director of the IP Commission

The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center.

NBR is pleased to announce the launch of the Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy. The Center will provide ongoing outreach to leaders from both industry and policy, especially on Capitol Hill.

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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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