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April 2013

The Influence of China and Russia in Central Asia

Stephen J. Blank

Policy Q&A

With U.S. and NATO troops preparing to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014, the influence in Central Asia of other international actors will become increasingly important for regional stability and security. NBR talked with Stephen Blank (Strategic Studies Institute) about what China’s and Russia’s roles are in Central Asia, how their rivalry and strategies have changed over the past decade, and how a diminished U.S. presence will affect this critical region.

October 2011

Nontraditional Security Threats in Pakistan

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh


This essay examines Pakistan’s most significant nontraditional security challenges, including climate change, increasing population and urbanization, food security, and water security.

September 2011

The Next Ten Years of Post-9/11 Security Efforts

Slade Gorton

Policy Q&A

Ahead of the 9/11 Conference that NBR’s Slade Gorton International Policy Center will host on September 9, Sen. Gorton reviewed the last decade of security policy and previewed the challenges to come.

July 2011

Gorton Center Discussion Series Presents: The Arab Spring

Event Multimedia & Summary

On July 21, 2011, the Slade Gorton International Policy Center at NBR hosted a roundtable discussion on "The Arab Spring" to discuss these and other issues with three experts on democracy-promotion who have been in the Middle East and North Africa this past year. LIsten to audio from the event.

July 2011

U.S. Re-engagement in Asia

Simon Tay, S.R. Joey Long, Carlyle A. Thayer, Zheng Wang and Kumar Ramakrishna


In this roundtable, five experts assess U.S. engagement in Asia with a focus on how to better strengthen ties while navigating policy challenges, the financial crisis, resurgent extremist groups, and rising suspicions among regional players.

January 2011

The Militant Challenge in Pakistan

C. Christine Fair


This article examines Pakistan’s use of asymmetric warfare as an instrument of foreign policy toward India since 1947 and in Afghanistan since the 1960s.

January 2010

Students Islamic Movement of India and the Indian Mujahideen: An Assessment

C. Christine Fair

Policy Shorts

This essay assesses the organization, ideology, and membership of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM), as well as India’s ability to contend with this domestic security threat.

January 2010

Counterterrorism Cooperation in South Asia: History and Prospects

Sumit Ganguly


This report examines the prospects and challenges for effective regional counterterrorism cooperation in South Asia.

January 2010

Narco-trafficking in Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Areas and Implications for Security

Louise I. Shelley and Nazia Hussain


This paper explores the global dynamics of the drug trade in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area and analyzes the interface of regional actors with key players and networks outside the region.

January 2010

The Drug Economy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Military Conflict in the Region

Vanda Felbab-Brown


This essay assesses the nexus between the narcotics economy and violent conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative

In this new monograph, Nadège Rolland (NBR) examines the drivers and goals of China’s Belt and Road Initiative and argues that the initiative reflects Beijing’s desire to shape Eurasia according to its own worldview and unique characteristics.

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China's IP Transition: Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights in a Rising China
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Standards, Stakeholders, and Innovation: China's Evolving Role in the Global Knowledge Economy
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Standards of Power? Technology, Institutions, and Politics in the Development of China's National Standards Strategy
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China's Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software, and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism
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Japan’s Energy Security: Outlook and Implications
Mikkal Herberg, Edward Lincoln, and Michael Wallace
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Undernutrition: Creating New Reponses
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Powering Asia’s Growth: Meeting Rising Electricity Needs
Mikkal E. Herberg
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Electricity at the Right Price
Donald Hertzmark
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First Principles: Technology as an Enabler for Productive Power Markets
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Case Study on Power Sector Restructuring in Vietnam
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Prospects for Nuclear Energy in Asia
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Taking Renewable Energy to Scale in Asia
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Principles of Successful Expansion of Rural Electrification Programs
Daniel Waddle
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