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Singapore-China Relations and the East Asian Maritime Domain

Ja Ian Chong (NUS) assesses the current state of relations between China and Singapore, detailing the sources of tension in this key regional bilateral relationship and predicting diminishing returns to the city-state's fence-sitting strategy.

Comrade Xi Meets Mister Trump: Summit or Base Camp?

In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago summit, William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers expectations for and outcomes of the meetings as well as what the Chinese people were and were not told. He assesses implications for U.S. policy going forward.

Pacific Trilateralism

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent meeting with President Donald Trump underscores the critical importance of the U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan. This report from a recent workshop examines challenges and promising areas for the three countries to address emerging traditional and nontraditional threats.

A Code of Conduct for the South China Sea: Effective Tool or Temporary Solution?

Hong Thao Nguyen (VNU) lays out the main issues which ASEAN and China will have to address if they are to produce a functional Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.

NBR Counselors Testify on U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Asia-Pacific

On April 25, 2017, NBR Counselors Aaron L. Friedberg and Ashley J. Tellis testified before the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing on "U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Asia-Pacific."

The Role of Congress in Managing U.S. Alliances

On March 29, NBR hosted Engaging Asia 2017, a public discussion on Capitol Hill on how the 115th Congress should approach U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific. Plenary speakers included Congressman Rick Larsen, Congresswoman Ann Wagner, and Congressman Ted Yoho.

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The Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance

As U.S.-ROK relations enter a period of uncertainty amid political transitions in both countries, a new NBR Special Report traces the contours of the alliance and offers U.S. and South Korean perspectives on the factors that will shape its future.

Japan and the Sino-Russian Entente

This new NBR Special Report examines the shifting relations between Japan, China, and Russia and assesses how the emerging dynamics between these three countries could shape major-power relations in Northeast Asia and beyond.

2017 Update to the IP Commission Report

On February 27, 2017, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission) released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report. The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Commission members include Gov. Jon Huntsman, Adm. Dennis Blair, and Sen. Slade Gorton. Read the report update at

NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert Testifies on China's Pursuit of Biotechnology

On March 16, NBR Senior Associate Benjamin Shobert testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission at the hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech: Computing, Robotics, and Biotechnology." Read his prepared remarks and view the video.

China’s Evolving Cybersecurity and Cyber Development Strategy

Jing de Jong-Chen (Microsoft) offers an industry perspective on the U.S.-China relationship, provides context for the progress that the United States and China have made on cybersecurity issues to date, and highlights key challenges that lie ahead.

Asia’s Energy Security amid Global Market Change

Top experts examine shifts in global oil and LNG market outlooks, the geopolitical implications for the Asia-Pacific, and options for strengthening energy and environmental policy across the region in this new NBR Special Report.

Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism

Michael Kugelman (Wilson Center) discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Japan's Low-Carbon Transition

Yu Nagatomi (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) speaks on the future of Japan's energy transition in the context of government efforts to promote renewables and electricity market deregulation.

Expert Voices

The Future of U.S.–Korean

Peninsula Relations

"It is well-known that the Kim regime considers its survival to be dependent on both the possession of nuclear weapons and political repression. But North Korea also needs economic and political support from other countries to succeed. Strengthened U.S. and UN sanctions that limit North Korea’s sources of revenue could lead the regime to some rethinking of its position. In the area of human rights, more potent steps to align human rights and security might also give North Korea pause. The Trump administration should formulate a comprehensive policy that encompasses both denuclearization and human rights so as to move forward in a coordinated way on both fronts."

ROBERTA COHEN, Co-Chair Emeritus of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; Member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars
"Uncertainty about the potential for a bilateral nuclear deal between the United States and North Korea or induced regime change could lead to trepidation among U.S. allies about being left on the sidelines or embroiled in a conflict. It could also be a catalyst for allies to adopt hedging strategies, including greater accommodation of China.... At present, any offer of economic inducements to entice North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal is an ill-conceived plan with little chance of success. Meaningful change will not occur until North Korea is effectively sanctioned and China becomes concerned about the consequences of Pyongyang’s actions and abandons its own obstructionism."

BRUCE KLINGNER, Senior Research Fellow on Northeast Asia, Heritage Foundation

Maritime Awareness Project (MAP)

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