Modi’s Visit to the United States: A Turning Point for the U.S.-India Relationship?
Ambassador Thomas Pickering examines the strategic context of Modi’s visit, how both sides will seek to approach their objectives for the visit, and opportunities for moving forward. He argues that while the United States and India have disagreed on fundamental issues over the years, there is great potential for closer cooperation in the future.
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
NBR Analysis Brief
In this NBR Analysis Brief, 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.
India in a South Asian Context: Modi's Engagement with India's Neighbors
Nilanthi Samaranayake (CNA Corporation) provides insights on the significance of 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.
The Value of Product Development Partnerships
A product development partnership (PDP) is a 21st-century nonprofit organizational structure that enables the public, private, academic, and philanthropic sectors to aggregate funding for the development of drugs, vaccines, and other health tools as public goods. Rob Lin, Vice President of Finance at the Infectious Diseases Research Institute (IDRI), about the value of the PDP model to global health R&D, criticisms of the model, and its significance for the U.S.-Asia relationship.
A Green Vision vs. a Brown Outlook: The Future of ASEAN’S Energy Mix
This working paper assesses competing outlooks for ASEAN's energy mix—highlighting 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 using the SWOT analysis method to evaluate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
Achieving the Promise of the ASEAN Economic Community
This paper provides a snapshot of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as it seeks to promote trade and investment within and outside the region and create an ASEAN Economic Community.
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The Outlook for a Chinese Pivot to Gas
Chen Weidong (Chief Energy Researcher at the 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.