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Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors

Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insights on the significance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to other South Asian leaders, discusses key issues for the new government in this engagement, and explains how India’s regional efforts are viewed by other countries in Asia, particularly China.

High-Tech Standards Wars, Mobile Communications, and China’s Strategies

Tomoo Marukawa (University of Tokyo) examines the global competition to dominate standards for mobile communications. He reviews the history of competition, the impact of technological advancements, and how Chinese strategies fit into this changing picture.

Strategic Assistance: Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability

A collaborative initiative between NBR and the Japan Center for International Exchange seeks to develop a more coordinated, strategic bilateral approach to humanitarian and disaster relief operations in Asia. Learn more about the project and read a report summarizing initial findings.

The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas

Chen Weidong (CNOOC Energy Economics Institute) offers insights on China’s ambitious targets for increasing gas consumption and reducing coal’s role in its energy mix, how energy pricing plays a key role, and the impact of environmental concerns on Chinese energy policy.

Polar Pursuits: Asia Engages the Arctic

The Arctic states in May 2013 admitted five Asian observers to the Arctic Council. The roles these Asian observers can play within the council and in the region are a focus of the ten essays in this roundtable.

Achieving the Promise of the ASEAN Economic Community

James Wallar (Nathan Associates) provides a snapshot of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations as it seeks to promote trade and investment within and outside the region and create an ASEAN Economic Community.


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The Chinese People's Liberation Army in 2025

In collaboration with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and U.S. Pacific Command, each year NBR convenes the world’s leading specialists from academe, government, the military, and policy think tanks to examine critical trends in the study of China’s military. Read the 2014 PLA Conference Colloquium Brief.

The Value of Product Development Partnerships (PDPs)

PDPs target neglected diseases whose solutions lack commercial incentive and which disproportionately affect people in developing countries. Rob Lin (Infectious Diseases Research Institute) explains the value of the PDP model to global health R&D, criticisms of the model, and its significance for the U.S.-Asia relationship.

Multilateral Cooperation in Asia's Nuclear Sector

Asia accounts for roughly 63% of all nuclear power reactors under construction globally. In this Pacific Energy Summit working paper, James Platte (Pacific Forum CSIS) explores prospects for growth and cooperation in Asia’s nuclear sector and argues the need for effective regulation and continued multilateral cooperation.

The Future of ASEAN’S Energy Mix

In this working paper commissioned for the 2014 Pacific Energy Summit, Xunpeng Shi (National University of Singapore) assesses competing outlooks for ASEAN's energy mix. He highlights the paradox of its fossil fuel-dominated outlook when contrasted with its aspirations to move toward a greener energy mix and reviews regional energy security strategies.

Strengthening the U.S.-India Relationship

NBR's President Richard J. Ellings examines the economic obstacles to a deeper strategic partnership between the United States and India. He argues that if these challenges are addressed in ways that enhance each nation's interests in economic development, the United States and India are positioned to collaborate more effectively on a broader set of international political and security questions.

Indonesia’s Economic Outlook Post 2014 Elections

The biggest challenge facing Indonesia's incoming president is the country's economy. Gunawan Wicaksono (Harvard University) shares his thoughts on what the incoming president could do to jump-start more robust economic growth for Indonesia.

Myanmar's Financial Integration

Koji Kubo (Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization) argues that both the United States and Myanmar must take steps to strengthen Myanmar’s formal payment and settlement system, which will be a critical factor for the country’s future economic growth and successful integration into the global economy.

2014 Pacific Energy Summit

On June 30 to July 1, 2014, the Pacific Energy Summit convened key stakeholders from around the world in Seoul, South Korea, to explore what is needed to pursue complementary energy and environmental strategies and work towards achieving the goal of a cleaner and more abundant energy future.