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Taiwan Sees Its Cyber Capabilities as the Hard Reality of Soft Power

The current administration in Taiwan has significantly increased its focus on enhancing the island’s cyber capabilities, committing greater resources to developing cyber infrastructure and fostering homegrown talent.

The Code of Conduct Framework for the South China Sea

Ian Storey (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) lays out the contents of the framework for a code of conduct in the South China Sea as recently agreed to by ASEAN and China. Storey highlights the issues left unaddressed as well as remaining points of ambiguity.

Russia-China Relations

As closer cooperation between Russia and China poses a growing challenge to the U.S.-led order, a new NBR Special Report assesses the trajectory of Sino-Russian relations and draws implications for the United States and the Asia-Pacific region.

Testimony: Restricting North Korea's Access to Finance

NBR Senior Advisor John Park testified in July before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. Read his prepared remarks and view the webcast.

Rule of Law in China

In recent years, China’s Communist Party has spoken extensively about ruling the country according to law. China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

The Trump-Modi Summit: The View from Indian Industry

Chandrajit Banerjee (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses the likely priorities for Prime Minister Modi, offers an assessment of his domestic performance thus far, and provides predictions on the future of India’s growth.

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North Korea and Asia's Evolving Nuclear Landscape: Challenges to Regional Stability

The progress of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs has been surprisingly rapid. Reports in July of the country’s first successful test of an ICBM stirred a new sense of urgency in the U.S. and across Northeast Asia. This report analyzes the factors shaping the evolving nuclear landscape in Asia.

Testimony on Restricting North Korea's Access to Finance

John Park (NBR Senior Advisor) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs at a hearing entitled "Evaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea." Read his prepared remarks and watch the webcast.

Unlocking the Black Box: Keys to Information Dissemination into North Korea

Jieun Baek (University of Oxford) offers insights on information dissemination, an alternative tool that governments and NGOs could use to undermine the North Korean regime’s information blockade and thus increase the space for change from within.

The Recent Election in Mongolia

Given the increasingly close Sino-Russian relationship, Mongolia may prove to be helpful in guarding and enhancing U.S. interests in Asia. Alicia Campi (Johns Hopkins SAIS) discusses the policy and security implications of the recent Mongolian presidential election and the best course of action for the United States.

Harnessing the Wind in China

NBR spoke with Joanna Lewis (Georgetown University) to understand the complexities of China’s wind energy industry and the challenges facing the diversification of energy production.

Asia Policy 24 (July 2017)

Topics in this issue include Asia-Pacific perspectives regarding relations with the U.S. under the Trump administration, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, U.S. policy options in the South China Sea, Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense, and Japan’s new security policies and politics.

Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition

This report presents findings from the 2016 Pacific Energy Summit series and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to pursue market-driven policy solutions to energy and environmental challenges in the Asia-Pacific. It details key insights from this year-long initiative, including a high-level event held in Singapore.

Russia’s "Pivot to Asia": The Multilateral Dimension

Stephen Blank (American Foreign Policy Council) explores the opportunities and challenges that Russia has faced in its economic pivot to Asia and examines the potential roadblocks to its future integration with the region with special regard to multilateral Asian institutions.

The Role of U.S. Oil and LNG Exports in U.S. Relations with Japan and South Korea

Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) assess the role of U.S oil and LNG exports in strengthening both Japan’s and South Korea’s energy security and offer proposals for a trilateral energy security partnership.

Hong Kong 20 Years after the Handover

On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

"President Trump on Monday instructed the office of the United States Trade Representative to consider an investigation into China’s sustained and widespread attacks on America’s intellectual property. This investigation will provide the evidence for holding China accountable for a decades-long assault on the intellectual property of the United States and its allies.”

—Dennis C. Blair and Keith Alexander
in the New York Times op-ed

"China’s Intellectual Property Theft Must Stop"

Admiral Blair and Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman co-chaired the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. The IP Commission was organized and supported by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Read the

Update to the IP Commission Report.

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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