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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.

Canada's Role in the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

James Manicom (CIGI) explores Canada’s role in the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and argues that tensions between the two countries’ foreign policy priorities may prevent a perfect North American marriage in the Pacific. The article is an advance release from Asia Policy 18.

India's 2014 Budget

Pravakar Sahoo, from India's Institute of Economic Growth, argues that while the budget contains no "big bang reforms," it introduces several measures to stabilize the Indian economy and bring back the level of investment necessary for India’s economic recovery.

The Future of Indonesian Democracy

Just prior to Indonesia's July 9 presidential vote, Karl Jackson (Johns Hopkins University-SAIS) discussed the upcoming elections, the impact of religion and the civil-military relationship on Indonesian democracy, and the country's future role in international relations.

The New Start in Russian-Japanese Relations

James D.J. Brown (Temple University) analyzes the personal, political, economic, and security factors behind the recent warming in Russia-Japan relations and examines the prospects for this trend to continue given geopolitical uncertainties. The article is an advance release from Asia Policy 18.

The Sea Change in Japanese Foreign Policy

In this NBR Analysis Brief, Kenneth B. Pyle, Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Washington and Founding President of NBR, analyzes the Shinzo Abe government’s accelerated efforts to reinterpret Japan’s constitution to permit collective self-defense.

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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.

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.

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.

2014 Pacific Energy Summit

More than 200 senior stakeholders from industry, policy, and research gathered in Seoul from June 30 to July 1 at the 2014 Pacific Energy Summit. Access Summit materials, including audio from media roundtables on the future of nuclear energy, the outlook for natural gas, prospects for regional collaboration, and Russia’s role in Asia’s energy markets.

Incentivizing Life Science Innovation in Japan and the United States

Ryo Kubota (Acucela CEO and NBR Board Member) compares the environments for scientific innovation in Japan and the United States, drawing on his own experience in launching the first successful IPO in Japan for a U.S.-headquartered start-up company.

Could Tensions in the South China Sea Spark a War?

NBR’s Abraham Denmark discusses in the National Interest how tensions in the South China Sea have worsened based on Chinese ambition and reaction in Southeast Asia. He calls on the United States to demonstrate leadership and forestall a future crisis that could throw the entire region into conflict.

Sunflower Movement Questions Future Direction of Cross-Strait Relations

Following the signing of the controversial Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement, John W. Garver (Georgia Institute of Technology) discusses the immediate challenges facing cross-strait relations and assesses whether a more harmonious or confrontational relationship between the two countries is on the horizon.