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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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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.

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, 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.

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.