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China-India Nuclear Relations

Vipin Narang (MIT) examines bilateral nuclear dynamics between China and India, Pakistan’s role in the relationship, and how the United States should encourage Sino-Indian stability by remaining largely in the background.

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.

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2014 Pacific Energy Forum Report: New Frontiers in Trans-Pacific Energy Trade

The 2014 Pacific Energy Forum convened leading experts from Asia, the United States, and Canada in Seattle, Washington to assess the key policy questions that North America and Asia face in determining the future trans-Pacific energy relationship. The report presents the main arguments from Forum discussions.

Behind North Korea's Recent Outreach: A View From Seoul

As North and South Korea are scheduled to resume high-level talks on October 30, Ki-Young Sung (Korea Institute for National Unification)urges Seoul to look at Pyongyang's underlying intentions. He presents guidelines for Seoul to take advantage of this opportunity for improved inter-Korean relations.

Adapting to a New Energy Era

Soaring Asian energy demand and declining North American import needs have fundamentally altered the markets for oil and gas, with nearly all of the Middle East’s supplies now directed to Asia. In this Special Report, leading specialists examine these trends and draw implications for the Asia-Pacific.

Innovation in the India-Japan Economic Relationship

On November 4, NBR and USJI will co-host a public discussion in Tokyo, Japan featuring remarks by Minister Arvind Singh (Embassy of India in Japan), Amit Kapoor (India Competitiveness Council), Roy Kamphausen (NBR), and Katsuichi Uchida (USJI), among others. Learn more.

New Security Priorities for a New Decade

Senator Slade Gorton, NBR Counselor and former 9/11 Commission member, assesses the evolving national security landscape ten years after the release of the influential 9/11 Commission Report and highlights emerging security threats that policymakers need to address.

Looking East Amid a Crisis to the West: Russia’s Energy Export Strategies

Tatiana Mitrova (Energy Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) offers insights on the promise for Russian exports to Asian markets, recent developments in Russia’s relations with Asian energy consumers, and the effects of Western sanctions on the country’s energy export prospects.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Lessons from Negotiations

Richard Katz, editor-in-chief of the Oriental Economist Report, examines the obstacles to the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He argues that failure to reach an agreement by early 2015 could mean indefinite postponement and concludes that a “grand bargain” is needed to prevent this outcome.

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.

Energy Security and the Asia-Pacific

Course Reader

This special collection of essays from leading experts, selected from previous NBR publications, provides students with a strong foundation for understanding the trends and challenges shaping the energy security outlook for the Asia-Pacific and the world.

Read the introduction and table of contents.

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