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India's Shift to a Sustainable Energy Future

Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute) examines India’s ambitious steps toward a more sustainable and secure energy future and the opportunities for U.S.-India collaboration.

Three Years after the Triple Disaster

As Japan observes the third anniversary of the triple disaster that unfolded on March 11, 2011, NBR's research and initiatives address the far-reaching implications of the Tohoku crises for the country's energy policy and economy, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and other areas.

Myanmar and U.S. Relations in Southeast Asia

Senior policy experts at a December 2013 roundtable discussion examined the progress of Myanmar's reforms and considered how the reform process has affected the country’s relations with the United States, China, and ASEAN. Read a brief summary report.

Competition and Confrontation in the East China Sea

A roundtable with Bonnie Glaser (CSIS) and Mike Mochizuki (The George Washington University) examined the motives behind China’s actions in the East China Sea, Japan’s point of view, and the difficult position of the United States as an ally of Japan. Read a summary report.

Beyond Haiyan: Toward Greater U.S.-Japan Cooperation in HADR

Weston S. Konishi (Peace Winds America) and Andrew L. Oros (Washington College) discuss lessons from the U.S. and Japanese military responses to Typhoon Haiyan and suggest ways to strengthen future collaboration on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Why China's Air Pollution Matters Not Only to the Chinese

What is the impact of China’s air pollution on its Asian neighbors and on the United States? Daniel K. Gardner (Smith College) discusses this and the challenges the Chinese government faces as it begins to implement policies and measures developed to address the crisis.

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The Architecture of Asian Energy Security

In this advance draft from an upcoming NBR Special Report, Tom Cutler (Cutler International) traces the history of regional cooperation in Asia on energy security, compares various multilateral forums’ emergency planning arrangements for an oil disruption, and suggests that new and politically bold steps will be needed to strengthen Asia’s architecture for energy security.

Myanmar's Growing Regional Role

Myanmar’s ongoing political and economic reforms have paved the way for expanded engagement with Southeast Asia and the world. In this new NBR Special Report, leading experts explore the issues surrounding Myanmar’s re-emergence as a regional power and outline implications for U.S. policy.

The Globalization of China’s Life Sciences Industry

Ka Zeng (University of Arkansas) provides an analysis of Chinese government actions and policies that depart from international trade norms. She suggests that the country’s policies in life science R&D and drug commercialization may be as disruptive as they have been in clean technology.

TB in 2014: Reasons for Optimism and Vigilance

Despite substantial progress in preventing, diagnosing, and treating tuberculosis (TB), the disease continues to pose a grave threat to health in the Asia-Pacific and worldwide. In advance of World TB Day (March 24), NBR spoke with Dr. Mario Raviglione (World Health Organization) about recent developments in fighting this disease.

Competing Claims in the South China Sea

As part of a strategic initiative aimed at deepening understanding in Congress about U.S. interests in Southeast Asia, a group of senior policy experts addressed the nature of overlapping claims in the South China Sea and the implications for U.S. policy in the region. Read a brief summary report.

Chinese Foreign Policy and Nontraditional Waterborne Security

Discussions on the maritime component of China’s foreign policy often focus on traditional security issues. Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange demonstrate, however, that two cases of Beijing’s involvement in nontraditional waterborne security—the Gulf of Aden and the Mekong River—suggest important trends in how China’s foreign policy might be evolving.

Feeding a Billion: Agriculture and Food Security in India

Suresh Babu (International Food Policy Research Institute) examines the dynamics facing Indian agriculture as the country seeks to meet its food security needs while moving more of its workforce to the industrial and services sectors.

Afghanistan Beyond 2014: The Search for Security in the Heart of Asia

How will the ISAF withdrawal from Afghanistan in late 2014 affect regional states and stakeholders? Comprising nine national and regional assessments, this Asia Policy roundtable examines regional countries’ strategic interests and priorities in Afghanistan in light of ISAF’s concluding mission.

Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) examines the ongoing freeze in the relationship between Japan and South Korea and argues that the United States should consider playing a more direct, mediating role.

The 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, "Charting the Course to a Secure and Cleaner Energy Future," will take place on June 30-July 1 in Seoul. The Summit will provide a high-level assessment of the market trends, geopolitical developments, policy decisions, and technological innovations that will play a critical role in determining the energy and environmental outlook for the Asia-Pacific region. This is an invitation-only event.

Learn more and request an invitation.

NBR Experts Testify on Capitol Hill

On April 3, Abraham M. Denmark, NBR Vice President of Political and Security Affairs, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the hearing on "Evaluating U.S. Policy on Taiwan on the 35th Anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)."

Read prepared remarks or view the hearing video.

On April 3, Benjamin Shobert, NBR Senior Associate for International Health, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the hearing on "China's Healthcare Sector, Drug Safety, and the U.S.-China Trade in Medical Products."

Read prepared remarks or view the hearing video.