- NBR - The National Bureau of Asian Research

Modi’s Visit to the United States

Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit. A former U.S. ambassador to India, he argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.

High-Tech Standards Wars, Mobile Communications, and China’s Strategies

Tomoo Marukawa (University of Tokyo) examines the global competition to dominate standards for mobile communications. He reviews the history of competition, the impact of technological advancements, and how Chinese strategies fit into this changing picture.

Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability

A collaborative initiative between NBR and the Japan Center for International Exchange seeks to develop a more coordinated, strategic bilateral approach to humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Asia. Learn more about the project and read a report summarizing initial findings.

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) offers insights on China’s ambitious targets for increasing gas consumption and reducing coal’s role in its energy mix, how energy pricing plays a key role, and the impact of environmental concerns on Chinese energy policy.

back next

Adapting to a New Energy Era

Soaring Asian energy demand and declining North American import needs have fundamentally altered the markets for oil and gas, with nearly all of the Middle East’s supplies now directed to Asia. In this Special Report, leading specialists examine these trends and draw implications for the Asia-Pacific.

New Security Priorities for a New Decade

Senator Slade Gorton, NBR Counselor and former 9/11 Commission member, assesses the evolving national security landscape ten years after the release of the influential 9/11 Commission Report and highlights emerging security threats that policymakers need to address.

Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies

Tatiana Mitrova (Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) offers insights on the promise for Russian exports to Asian markets, recent developments in Russia’s relations with Asian energy consumers, and the effects of Western sanctions on the country’s energy export prospects.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Negotiations

Richard Katz, editor-in-chief of the Oriental Economist Report, examines the obstacles to the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He argues that failure to reach an agreement by early 2015 could mean indefinite postponement and concludes that a “grand bargain” is needed to prevent this outcome.

Multilateral Cooperation in Asia's Nuclear Sector

Asia accounts for roughly 63% of all nuclear power reactors under construction globally. In this Pacific Energy Summit working paper, James Platte (Pacific Forum CSIS) explores prospects for growth and cooperation in Asia’s nuclear sector and argues the need for effective regulation and continued multilateral cooperation.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025

In collaboration with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and U.S. Pacific Command, NBR convenes the world’s leading specialists from academe, government, the military, and policy think tanks to examine critical trends in the study of China’s military. Read the 2014 PLA Conference Colloquium Brief.

The Future of ASEAN’S Energy Mix

In this working paper commissioned for the 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, Xunpeng Shi (National University of Singapore) assesses competing outlooks for ASEAN's energy mix. He highlights the paradox of its fossil fuel-dominated outlook when contrasted with its aspirations to move toward a greener energy mix and reviews regional energy security strategies.

Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific

Course Reader

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Read the introduction and table of contents.

Stay informed with analysis from our network of experts

Receive updates on NBR's research, commentary, and events

email iconSign up now