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NBR draws upon an international network of renowned specialists, who conduct independent research on issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia. NBR delivers their independent conclusions to policy leaders through four signature publications - Strategic Asia, Asia Policy, NBR Analysis, and NBR Special Reports - as well as through a variety of cooperative efforts with other institutions.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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Recent Publications

Strategic Asia 2016-17: Understanding Strategic Cultures in the Asia-Pacific

Strategic Asia 2016-17 examines how the region's major powers view international politics and the use of military force. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes the ideological and historical sources of a country's strategic culture, how strategic culture informs the thinking of the country's policymakers, and how these understandings lead to decisions about the pursuit of strategic objectives and national power.


Asia Policy 24 (July 2017)

Asia Policy 24 includes roundtables on Asia-Pacific perspectives regarding relations with the United States under the Trump administration and on China’s Belt and Road Initiative; an essay assessing policy options to retain U.S. military superiority in the South China Sea; an article on Japan’s reinterpretation of its constitution to allow the limited exercise of collective self-defense; and a book review roundtable discussing Andrew L. Oros’s new book Japan’s Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the Twenty-First Century.

PDF free through September 20, 2017.


The Dilemma Confronting the U.S.-Thailand Relationship

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Kyoto University) assesses the current outlook for U.S.-Thailand relations amid moves by the military government to strengthen ties with China. He argues that the United States risks losing influence in Southeast Asia if democratic reforms fail and discusses options for the United States to pursue the goal of encouraging Thailand’s return to democracy.


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

PDF free through October 1, 2017

This NBR Special Report provides assessments of Asia’s emerging nuclear dynamics from U.S., Japanese, and South Korean scholars. Each essay analyzes the complex set of factors shaping the evolving nuclear landscape and draws implications for U.S. and regional policymakers


Publication Series

Strategic Asia

The Strategic Asia annual edited volume incorporates assessments of economic, political, and military trends and focuses on the strategies that drive policy in the region.

Asia Policy

Asia Policy is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal presenting policy-relevant academic research on the Asia-Pacific that draws clear and concise conclusions useful to today’s policymakers.

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NBR Analysis

The NBR Analysis is an occasional paper series that offers thought-provoking essays on the most important economic, political, and strategic issues in the Asia-Pacific region today.

NBR Special Report

NBR Special Reports are an occasional paper series on special topics conducted by the world's leading experts in Asian affairs.

Other Publications

NBR joint publications (including the annual PLA Conference volume) and archives of the NBR Briefing series.