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August 2015

How to Watch Myanmar's 2015 Elections


Myanmar’s upcoming election in November 2015 will be a bellwether for the government’s willingness to incorporate its entire population into a more meaningful political system. In this NBR commentary, Rachel Wagley analyzes the electoral process, constitutional barriers to democratic governance, and ethnic disenfranchisement.

January 2015

The Road Back to Democracy in Thailand


The Thai military government’s consolidation of power and crackdown on political expression are preempting a crucial national dialogue on the country’s approach to democracy. The military government is gambling on the Thai people’s willingness to surrender their basic rights for an undefined political future.

March 2014

Introduction: Myanmar’s Re-emergence

Meredith Miller and Abraham M. Denmark


This is the introduction to the report "Myanmar's Growing Regional Role.

November 2013

India’s Upcoming Elections: Will the States and the Economy Decide?

Milan Vaishnav

Policy Q&A

This spring, nearly 790 million Indians will participate in the world’s largest democratic exercise. Milan Vaishnav (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace) offers insights on the issues driving voters and the potential impact of several state elections that will precede the 2014 general election.

May 2012

Mongolia: Growth, Democracy, and Two Wary Neighbors

Alan M. Wachman

Policy Q&A

Alan Wachman, an Associate Professor of International Politics at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, provides insight into Mongolia’s achievements, its relationship with Beijing, Moscow, and the United States, and into how the U.S. views Mongolia’s role in the international system.

January 2012

Democratization and Indonesian Foreign Policy: Implications for the United States

Ann Marie Murphy


This article examines the impact of democratization on Indonesian foreign policy and assesses its implications for U.S. interests.

September 2011

China Views India’s Rise: Deepening Cooperation, Managing Differences

M. Taylor Fravel

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines how China views the rise of India and the implications of India’s rise for China’s core interests and strategic objectives.

July 2011

Thailand's July Election: Understanding the Outcome

Catharin Dalpino

Policy Q&A

What are the implications of the Pheu Thai party victory for Thai domestic political stability, Bangkok’s relations with its neighbors, and the United States-Thailand alliance? Catharin Dalpino, the principal investigator for NBR’s “U.S.-Thailand Alliance: Reinvigorating the Partnership” project, offers insights on the election outcome in this interview with NBR.

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

Exploring Regime Instability and Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Eric McGlinchey


This article explores the causes of Kyrgyzstan’s enduring political instability and periodic ethnic violence.

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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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