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November 2017

Introduction: Asia's Energy Security and China's Belt and Road Initiative

Mikkal E. Herberg

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This is the introduction to the NBR Special Report "Asia's Energy Security and China's Belt and Road Initiative."

November 2017

The Geopolitics of Energy Cooperation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Kaho Yu

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This essay examines the factors, mechanisms, and implications of energy cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and analyzes how the initiative could reshape the current international energy order.

November 2017

China’s National Oil Companies Return to the World Stage: Navigating Anticorruption, Low Oil Prices, and the Belt and Road Initiative

Erica Downs

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This essay examines the interplay between the return of China’s national oil companies (NOCs) to international mergers and acquisitions and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

November 2017

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: What It Is, How It Is Perceived, and Implications for Energy Geopolitics

Michael Kugelman

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This essay assesses the scale and energy dimensions of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), identifies key obstacles, and discusses the implications for energy geopolitics.

November 2017

China’s Maritime Silk Road and Energy Geopolitics in the Indian Ocean: Motivations and Implications for the Region

Christopher Len

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This essay examines how the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road under China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) relates to Beijing’s quest for energy security and draws implications for Japan, India, South Korea, and the U.S.

August 2017

The Asian Nuclear System in Comparative and Theoretical Context

Christopher P. Twomey

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This essay argues that the second nuclear age in Asia is likely to be highly dangerous and unstable based on lessons from history and implications from theory.

August 2017

Japan’s New Nuclear Deterrence Challenges: The Implications of Russia’s Nuclear Saber-Rattling and NATO’s Response

Michito Tsuruoka

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This essay examines the implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance of Russia’s nuclear saber-rattling in the wake of the Ukraine crisis and NATO’s response.

August 2017

Thinking about the Unthinkable: The Case of the Korean Peninsula

Sugio Takahashi

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This essay examines how North Korea’s potential deployment of nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles could fundamentally transform the geostrategic landscape in Northeast Asia and draws implications for the U.S.-Japan alliance.

August 2017

North Korea’s Nuclear Posture and Its Implications for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Jina Kim

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This essay examines the evolution of North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and highlights the political and military implications of this evolving threat for the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

August 2017

Domestic and Regional Constraints on South Korea’s Approach to North Korea

J. James Kim

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This essay explores the domestic and regional constraints on South Korea with respect to its North Korea policy and identifies the lack of internal and external consensus as a significant hurdle to long-term policy planning and implementation.

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