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August 2016

China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente

Policy Q&A

To better understand the nuances of the developing relationship between Russia and China, NBR spoke with Alexander Gabuev (Carnegie Moscow Center) about Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China, a natural gas agreement signed in May 2014, and long-term prospects for the Sino-Russian entente.

July 2016

Securitizing the TPP in Japan: Policymaking Structure and Discourse

Aurelia George Mulgan


This article attempts to measure and define the level of “securitization” of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Japanese national politics by analyzing both the structure of policymaking and the policy discourse on the TPP under the Abe administration until the October 2015 agreement reached in Atlanta.

July 2016

China’s Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy

Timothy R. Heath


This article argues that China’s approach to economic diplomacy following the global financial crisis, while designed to improve the country’s competitiveness, has weakened the role that trade and investment have traditionally played in restraining tensions with the U.S.

February 2016

Strengthening Transatlantic Policy Coordination on Asia

Michael Wills and Nadège Rolland

NBR Analysis Brief

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. They argue that countries on both sides of the Atlantic share vital interests in Asia, and that stronger transatlantic policy coordination is needed to prepare for potential security crises in the region.

January 2016

Taiwan and Regional Trade Organizations: An Urgent Need for Fresh Ideas

Kevin G. Nealer and Margaux Fimbres


This essay assesses Taiwan’s prospects for joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and recommends options for how Taiwan can overcome the challenges related to gaining membership.

January 2016

Challenges Ahead in China’s Reform of State-Owned Enterprises

Wendy Leutert


This essay analyzes three challenges ahead in reforming China’s centrally owned companies, known as yangqi: determining how and when to give market forces a greater role, aligning mismatched executive incentives, and overcoming complicating factors within firms.

December 2015

ASEAN Economic Community Prepares for December Launch


In advance of the December 31, 2015, launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Rachel Wagley (NBR) looks at the obstacles to full integration that Southeast Asia still faces.

December 2015

China’s Vision for a New Asian Economic and Political Order


This essay is part of a Strategic Asia Program series on Trends and Indicators in the Asia-Pacific.

November 2015

Understanding the Competitiveness of India’s States

Policy Q&A

Amit Kapoor (India Council on Competitiveness), author of the recently released India State Competitiveness Report 2015, discusses key trends, investment patterns, signs of progress, and suggestions for improvements in state-level competitiveness.

November 2015

India’s Unrealized Power

Rajesh Rajagopalan

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter assesses the foundations of India’s power by examining the country’s national resources, capacity for extracting these resources to enhance national power, and finally the scope of that power.

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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
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Electricity at the Right Price
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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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