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The Dilemma Confronting the U.S.-Thailand Relationship

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (Kyoto University) assesses the current outlook for U.S.-Thailand relations and argues that the United States risks losing influence in Southeast Asia if Thai democratic reforms fail.

Air Pollution in Indonesia

Satya Widya Yudha (House of Representatives, Indonesia) discusses the causes and severe costs of air pollution in Indonesia and outlines policy prescriptions for improving emissions outlooks and combatting climate change.

How the United States, India, and China Can Lead the Way on Energy Security Challenges

Tom Cutler (Cutler International, LLC) and Clara Gillispie (NBR) consider how the United States, China, and India are individually responding to energy security challenges, and where collective action could better advance all three countries' shared interests.

Strengthening Transatlantic Policy Coordination on Asia

Nadège Rolland and Michael Wills (NBR) discuss a recent Track 1.5 dialogue between representatives from the United States, France, Britain, Germany, and the EU and recommend that stronger transatlantic policy coordination is needed to prepare for potential security crises in Asia.

Navigating Unsettled Waters: The Maritime Awareness Project

On April 14, NBR and Sasakawa USA launched the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP). The event featured a timely, high-level discussion on competing sovereignty claims in the South China Sea as well as on broader security concerns and included a keynote address by Vice Admiral Robert L. Thomas, Jr. Full event video is available.

The New Sanctions Regime against North Korea

North Korea’s fourth nuclear test and launch of a missile earlier this year highlight the regime’s commitment to becoming a nuclear-armed state. David Kang (University of Southern California) examines the new sanctions imposed on North Korea and their implications for U.S. policy.

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New Report: U.S.-China Relations in Strategic Domains

This report assesses U.S.-China relations in the maritime, nuclear, cyberspace, and space domains, as well as through the lens of people-to-people and military-to-military exchanges. Employing an innovative approach to represent both U.S. and Chinese perspectives, the members of the study team jointly examine opportunities for collaboration.

Maritime Awareness Project Portal

In partnership with Sasakawa USA, NBR has launched an innovative platform for analyses and data on maritime security called the Maritime Awareness Project (MAP). The MAP portal combines interactive mapping technology with analyses from leading maritime experts.

The Nuclear Security Summit and North Korea's Nuclear Program

Eunjung Lim (Johns Hopkins University) provides key takeaways from the recent Nuclear Security Summit, which featured discussions among President Barack Obama, South Korean president Park Geun-hye, and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the threat of North Korea’s nuclear program.

The Rise of Chinese Innovation in the Life Sciences

The Chinese government is prioritizing the development of the country’s life science sector as a strategy for both improving public health and fostering economic growth. A new report examines China’s efforts to create a globally competitive environment for life science innovation and assesses the implications for industry and policy.

The Future of U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation: A Japanese Perspective

Yoshihide Soeya, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of Keio University, reflects on the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral relationship from a Japanese perspective.

Advancing U.S.-Japan-ROK Trilateral Cooperation: A U.S. Perspective

Daniel Sneider (Stanford University) analyzes the foundations and future of the trilateral relationship from a U.S. perspective, highlighting the critical role the United States has played in mediating tensions between South Korea and Japan.

Relocating Trilateralism in a Broader Regional Architecture: A South Korean Perspective

Yul Sohn, Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies and Professor of International and Japanese Political Economy at Yonsei University in Seoul, reflects on the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral relationship from a South Korean perspective.

2016 Pacific Energy Summit | Singapore

The 2016 Pacific Energy Summit, "Sustainable Futures: Energy and Environmental Security in Times of Transition," will be held in Singapore from June 22 to 24. The Summit will convene an exclusive group of 200 leaders from government, business, and academia.

China's Strategy Behind the "One Belt, One Road" Initiative

Nadège Rolland spoke on China's strategy behind the "One Belt, One Road" initiative (OBOR) in an expert panel discussion hosted by the Robert S. Strauss Center and the Center for East Asian Studies. Learn more about the event and see a video interview with Ms. Rolland.

Roundtable on U.S.-South Korea Energy Cooperation

On February 19, NBR and the Center for Energy Governance and Security of Hanyang University co-convened a high-level roundtable on "U.S.-South Korea Energy Cooperation: Getting to a Cleaner Energy Mix" that featured presentations on energy and environmental strategies in the United States and South Korea by senior experts from both countries.

Indonesia: A Regional Energy Leader in Transition

This new NBR Special Report examines the key energy and environmental security challenges facing Indonesia and explores strategies for promoting greater access to energy while stimulating sustainable investment.

India's Space Program

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan (Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi) discusses the new security focus in India's space program and the country's primary strategic concerns in this domain.

Mapping Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics: Implications for State Stability and Regional Security

In a new NBR Special Report, an international team of experts provides a comprehensive mapping of Pakistan’s internal security landscape and external geopolitical environment and assesses the implications for both regional stability and U.S. interests in Asia.

Unpacking National Power

Ashley J. Tellis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) explains how the conception of national power can be usefully broken down and analyzed in terms of national resources and national performance and how the interaction of these two dimensions generates military capabilities.

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.

The 2016 Pacific Energy Summit will convene 200 high-level stakeholders in Singapore from June 22 to 24.

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NBR is pleased to announce Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, who served as the thirtieth Chief of Naval Operations in the U.S. Navy from September 2011 to September 2015, as the third holder of the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies (Shali Chair).

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in the Asia-Pacific

The latest volume in the Strategic Asia series examines how the region's major powers are building their national power as geopolitical competition intensifies. In each chapter, a leading expert analyzes a country’s economic, technological, human, and natural resources and assesses how well its political system translates those capabilities into military and diplomatic power.

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