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China's Seizure of U.S. Naval Drone

M. Taylor Fravel (MIT) explains for the Maritime Awareness Project why the Chinese interception of a U.S. Navy underwater drone in the South China Sea has little to do with legal claims at sea.

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).

The Next Phase of the Asia-Pacific’s Energy Revolution

Read a summary of this December 14 public discussion, which examined how a range of factors shape energy security outlooks in the Asia-Pacific and marked the launch of NBR's twelfth annual Energy Security Report.

Australia's Strategic Culture and Asia's Changing Regional Order

Nick Bisley (La Trobe University) analyzes the major elements of Australian strategic culture and argues that emerging trends suggest a growing rift between Australia's strategic elite and the public that could pose future challenges for the U.S.-Australia relationship.

NBR President Richard J. Ellings Testifies on Capitol Hill

On December 6, NBR President Richard J. Ellings testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, hearing on "Step or Stumble: The Obama Administration's Pivot to Asia."

Pakistan's Strategic Culture: Implications for How Pakistan Perceives and Counters Threats

C. Christine Fair (Georgetown University) analyzes four key concepts undergirding the Pakistan Army’s strategic culture and considers the implications for U.S. and Indian efforts to manage the threat from Pakistan.

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Roundtable: Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition

Leading experts analyze key U.S. relationships in Asia—with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Taiwan, Russia, India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and Australia—and identify the most critical current and over-the-horizon issues in each dyad. This is an Asia Policy advance release.

Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) analyzes Taiwan’s strategic culture and argues that the island’s perception of its own orphan status is central to how Taiwan defines its place in the international system.

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.

Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia

Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.

Strategic Asia 2016-17 Paperback and PDF Now Available

Strategic Asia 2016-17: Understanding Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific examines how the region’s major powers view international politics and the use of military force. Purchase the PDF or order the paperback.

Interview with Strategic Asia Program Research Director Ashley Tellis

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), who explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

The Legacy of Nehruvianism and the Implications for Strategic Culture

Ian Hall (Griffith University) explains why India remains restrained in its international behavior even as its economic and military power continue to grow. His chapter "The Persistence of Nehruvianism in India’s Strategic Culture" appears in Strategic Asia 2016–17.

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.

China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Christopher A. Ford (U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee) discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. His chapter "Realpolitik with Chinese Characteristics: Chinese Strategic Culture and the Modern Communist Party-State" appears in Strategic Asia 2016–17.

Strategic Implications of Russia-China Relations

The relationship between Beijing and Moscow has reassumed prominence in recent years, yet historical complexities and power asymmetries prompt questions about the depth and long-term vitality of their cooperation. With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this two-year project convenes scholars and practitioners to assess Sino-Russian political, economic, and military relations and what they mean for U.S. decision-making and international security.

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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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