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2016 Energy Security Workshop

On Friday, July 8, NBR and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will co-host NBR’s twelfth annual Energy Security Workshop, “'Oil and Gas for Asia' Revisited: Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change." Learn more.

The Role of Energy in Disputes over the South China Sea

Writing for the Maritime Awareness Project, Mikkal E. Herberg (NBR) identifies the critical energy issues in the South China Sea and recommends that states downplay production disputes and focus on ensuring access to sea lanes.

U.S.-China Maritime Relations after the Arbitration Decision

Nong Hong (Institute for China-America Studies) writes for the Maritime Awareness Project on the disputes dividing the United States and China in the South China Sea. She concludes that both sides can take steps to narrow the scope of their differences by separating inflated issues from real challenges.

Trade in Clean Energy: Bridging the Governance Gap

Christopher Dent and Clare Richardson-Barlow (University of Leeds) discuss the need for comprehensive governance of trade in clean energy and highlight the potential for cooperation between the WTO and the UNFCCC to better utilize clean energy trade to achieve climate goals.

Prices and Politics Dim Canada’s Hopes for Diversifying Its Energy Export Markets

Eva Busza and Heather Kincaide (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada) discuss the impact of current market conditions on Canada’s efforts to diversify its energy exports away from the United States and toward the Asia-Pacific.

What Do China’s Military Reforms Mean for Taiwan?

Phillip C. Saunders and Joel Wuthnow (Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University) discuss the implications of recent People's Liberation Army reforms on Taiwan

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Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future

Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) comments on the key issues examined in his NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future" and explains the practical implications of a multipolar nuclear order.

Launch Event for "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future"

Major General Clinton E. Crosier (U.S. Strategic Command) delivered keynote remarks at the Washington, D.C., launch of the NBR Special Report "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future." Learn more.

New Report: "Approaching Critical Mass: Asia's Multipolar Nuclear Future"

In a new NBR Special Report, Matthew Kroenig (Georgetown University) explores the dynamics of a multipolar nuclear order in Asia and assesses the implications for U.S. foreign and defense policy.

Maritime Awareness Project Portal

In partnership with Sasakawa USA, NBR has launched an innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security called the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP). The MAP portal combines interactive mapping technology with analyses from leading maritime experts.

Coal, Gas, or Nuclear: Asia’s Inconvenient Energy Choice

In a working paper commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, Mark C. Thurber (Stanford University) considers the potential for natural gas and nuclear power to displace coal in key Asian and Pacific Rim countries and explores the policy levers that could enhance fuel switching.

Indonesia’s Gas Challenge: Can the Former LNG Champion Regain Its Leadership?

Donald Hertzmark (DMP Resources) discusses the opportunities for Indonesia to improve its production of liquefied natural gas. This is part of a series of briefs commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.

Japan’s Energy Security in the Age of Low Oil Prices

Shoichi Itoh (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) evaluates how a prolonged period of lower oil prices has affected Japan’s energy security strategies. This is part of a series of briefs commissioned for the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit.

The Rise of Chinese Innovation in the Life Sciences

The Chinese government is prioritizing the development of the country’s life science sector as a strategy for both improving public health and fostering economic growth. A new report examines China’s efforts to create a globally competitive environment for life science innovation and assesses the implications for industry and policy.

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.


The 2016 Pacific Energy Summit convened 150 high-level stakeholders in Singapore from June 22 to 24.

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NBR is pleased to announce Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, who served as the thirtieth Chief of Naval Operations in the U.S. Navy from September 2011 to September 2015, as the third holder of the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies (Shali Chair).

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